101 game facts that will rock your world

41. The Original Devil May Cry was originally intended to be the next chapter in the Resident Evil series. The gun juggle move was a glitch, but became part of Dante's move set.

42. Alien Hominid, a hardcore PS2 shooter, was originally a popular Flash internet game. It was downloaded more than 6 million times before being brought to the PlayStation 2.

43. In the NES era, Nintendo had strict licensing rules in an effort to maintain quality control (hence the gold Nintendo seal of quality badges on the cartridges). They only allowed third-party publishers to release 5 games a year for their systems.

44. Final Fantasy VII was originally designed for the Nintendo 64, but Square cancelled the project and moved to the PSone because of the lack of space in the console's game cartridges. FFVII would've filled 13 cartridges.

45. To create the gruesome Necromorph monsters in their game Dead Space, the devs at EA Redwood Shores studied photos of car wreck victims. They also watched hundreds of horror movies to get ideas for in-game scares.

46. Final Fantasy got its name from the fact that it was supposed to be Square's last ever game. They were struggling to become popular with dodgy games like Rad Racer and World Runner 3D, and were going to bow out of the industry gracefully.

47. Sixty percent of all Americans age six and older, or about 145 million people, play computer and video games. The average age of a gamer is 28 years old.

48. Captain Commando was a sci-fi superhero who served as Capcom's mascot in its early days, but was replaced by Mega Man after the Captain proved unpopular with gamers.Capcom's original name was Capsule Computing.

49.The name Kratos - as in, God Of War's angry hero - is taken from the Greek word 'cratos', which means power.

50. The first game to feature multiple endings depending on how you played the game was Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest on the NES.

51. If you bought Shenmue 2 on Xbox, you'll remember the Shenmue Movie DVD that came with it, containing all the major cut-scenes from the first game. Well, in Japan, this was actually shown in some cinemas, such was the popularity of Yu Suzuki's epic series.

52. Midnight Club: Los Angeles is the first game to feature branded trophies/achievements. One's shamelessly sponsored by T-Mobile.

53. Sonic The Hedgehog has appeared in four TV series; Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic Underground, The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic X. He's also appeared in a comic book series. None of them are as good as the games.

54. F-Zero X has an unlimited amount of courses. If you take part in the X Cup, the game will randomly generate tracks. They're mostly awful, but sometimes you'll get a good one.

55. The Magnavox Odyssey, released in 1972, contained 40 transistors and no microprocessor. The newest Pentium 4 microprocessor contains 42 million transistors on the chip itself.

56. The Nintendo N64 marked the first time that computer graphics workstation manufacturer Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) developed game hardware technology.

57. The Nintendo GameCube's proprietary disc can hold 1.5 gigabytes of data - 190 times more than what an N64 game cartridge can hold.

58. In the 1980s, a service called Gameline allowed users to download games to the Atari 2600 over regular phone lines. It was a commercial failure, but eventually formed part of the foundation for America Online, the world's largest Internet service provider.

59. Silent Hill 4 wasn't originally a Silent Hill game, but rather a separate franchise being developed by Konami simply titled The Room. When SH producer/composer Akira Yamaoka came across it, he decided to make it part of the official series.

60. In its heyday, the Dragon Quest series was only ever released on weekends in Japan, because mid-week launches would see thousands of people pulling sickies to go and play it.

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  • albert-wesker - September 21, 2014 5:30 p.m.

    I don't know how you managed to mess up #70 so badly, first of all RE2 takes place in the middle of RE3, not after, and there's no Nemesis on RE2 at all, there are several T-101 (the tyrant from RE2) during the final battle of RE3 though, Nemesis actually eats one of them in order to evolve into his final form. The monster that appears in the locked room on RE2 is actually an Hunter and only appears in the N64 version of the game.
  • NathanTheHunt - October 27, 2009 6:42 a.m.

    Fact number 46 was in last years article also.
  • NathanTheHunt - October 27, 2009 6:39 a.m.

    Xbox=DirectXbox was mentioned in last years article also.
  • maedene - October 7, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    But there IS a game called Star Fox: Dinosaur Planet.
  • yax51 - November 29, 2008 6:03 a.m.

    Good article, however #100 is inncorrect. The sheeps' password is not "bo-ram-u" nor is it whats said in Warcraft 2. The correct password in the movie is "Baa-ram-ewe". Ewe being a female sheep thus making the sheeps' password more "sheepish"
  • xmattyoungx - November 25, 2008 8:14 p.m.

    52 is incorrect. The NBA 2K games have had branded achievements.
  • WingNutZA - November 25, 2008 8:34 a.m.

    Nursery rhyme... "Little Bo Beep has lost her sheep, And can't tell where to find them. Leave them alone, and they'll come home, Bringing their tails behind them." And if you click on the sheep enough times in Warcraft 2, eventually they'll explode.
  • Zenrel - November 21, 2008 6:09 a.m.

    Its Baah-ram-ewe, what has "bo" got to do with sheep....?
  • blocpartier - November 19, 2008 3:39 a.m.

    I knew quite a few of these but I wasn't aware about pressing a button only 16 times in one second. That's kinda frustrating if you ask me....
  • Sash - November 17, 2008 12:12 p.m.

    I have to lol at how crappy the goldeneye graphics look now xD
  • A.J_Smiles - November 16, 2008 7:36 p.m.

    haha tunerracer. better luck next time! any way this article was awesome. i feel...enlightened...and kinda hungry.
  • xXHaloKillerXx - November 16, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    @RonnyLive19881 Your probably a Nintendo fanboy.People bought wiiplay for the remote and the reviews sucked for and so does Wii.
  • AbleCluster - November 15, 2008 12:55 p.m.

    LOL, thats pretty funny dude. Well done. jess
  • Soulreaverm - November 15, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    Awesome article, but I found that at least a tenth of this I already know, because of reading GR articles. Some things in this article have been mentioned so many times...
  • NullG7 - November 15, 2008 2:04 a.m.

    I had already heard about 2/3 of this before but none of the intresting stuff like "If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure" or Xbox = 'Direct' X Box. You should have things like this more often.
  • zombieddeath - November 14, 2008 11:05 p.m.

    How the hell did Wii Play sell twice as more than Halo 3?
  • Darkness710 - November 14, 2008 10:17 p.m.

    it sounds fun to work on Dead Space
  • MobstahLobstah - November 14, 2008 7:51 p.m.

  • Z-man427 - November 14, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    this was really pretty interesting. and I'm a sponge for useless trivia
  • TheFish - November 14, 2008 5:33 p.m.

    my mind was fried with your beams of truth.