101 things you didn't know about games

Sept 06, 2007

The first ever bar-coded item to be scanned at a retailers was a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. 'Typewriter' is the longest word that can be spelt using only the top row of letters on a keyboard. Donald Duck's middle name is 'Fauntleroy'. What's not to love about trivia? Those little nuggets of seemingly useless info harboured in your noggin, called upon to fill the void when the conversation goes uncomfortably quiet or when an innocuous keyword prompts its surprise appearance to the delight of anyone in earshot.

Of course, like any walk of life, gaming has plenty of these little known facts that have long since been lost down the back of the metaphorical sofa, only to be discovered by those who rummage deep enough or, indeed, have enough time on their hands to be rummaging in the first place.

So, as if gaming couldn’t make you any more popular, here’s a pick-of-the-bunch, premium clutch of videogame trivia that’s bound to go down a storm in any situation. From party icebreakers to bar mitzvahs to speed dating nights at the local bingo hall, dropping any of these humdingers will make you appear to be a charming and urbane alpha gamer, and not just Bill Gates (who, incidentally, bought a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci called the Codex for $30.8 million in 1994, making it the most expensive book ever) minus the money.

Hit the links below and let the carnival of trivia commence...


  • jameel-aboulhosn - October 18, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    False. RE0 is also on Wii.
  • Chapmoin - November 18, 2008 2:03 a.m.

    You done used that "Jumpman" fact twice! Also one of your facts is "the average gamer is 28" so of course we are well aware of such things. My favourite fact is #84 of the first list.
  • Black_X_1111 - November 16, 2008 2:36 a.m.

    I would think Mario's surname would be Mario Jumpman. Or maybe Mario is his surname and its Jumpman Mario?
  • The_Zanger - November 15, 2008 1:29 a.m.

    what happens to Animal Crossing after 29 years?!
  • Patius - October 19, 2008 3:07 p.m.

    72. Resident Evil Zero is the only non-spin-off Resi title to remain exclusive to a single format, the GameCube. There's a Japan only Wii version out.
  • jameel-aboulhosn - October 18, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    RE0 has been on Wii for 3 years in America.
  • Nintendophile - October 18, 2008 5:32 a.m.

    Awesome article! I didn't know a lot of those things, and many of them were great surprises!
  • Johnny6Gun - October 17, 2008 10:15 p.m.

    A very fun feature loaded with some great trivia. Top shelf.
  • WoodsieLord - November 15, 2008 3:01 p.m.

    #89 There is actually ONE character you can talk to in Fallout when you have very low Intelligence. He is a character who speaks only in grunts if your character has high Intelligence. But when you are just as dim as he is, you can talk fluently with each other.
  • key0blade - November 14, 2008 11:51 p.m.

  • cliffB - October 19, 2008 12:15 p.m.

    one of the best ones so far, great article
  • statuslegendary - October 18, 2008 6:46 p.m.

    Nice work, that was a great list. Now I have plenty of new ammo for my next edition of get drunk video game trivia!
  • sumguy08 - October 18, 2008 5:08 a.m.

    Yes I agree, top shelf. But seriously I liked this article. It showed me some unfarmiliar things, and other things I experienced myself
  • spiderking2009 - July 8, 2009 2:55 a.m.

    good article
  • SaladinTCO - April 13, 2009 4:16 a.m.

    Sorry, but FIFA 2001 wasn't the only "scratch and sniff" disc. There was also Gran Turismo 2: Simulation Disc. Scratch to create the smell of burning rubber.
  • uvebeenpwned - January 4, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    i love this article ps 12TH!!!

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