The video game history is an interesting topic.
Going back to the 1950s, the industry has remained one of the most outstanding sectors in the entertainment.
Even though the creation and release of digital games started early, gaming gained popularity when arcade games were introduced.
Since that time, the gaming world has changed in many ways.
We now have 8 generations of video game consoles and a lot more is expected in the future.
Games making history
The gaming history is one amazing chapter. However, very few people know the stories behind some of these great games.
For instance, did you know the famous game Mario was named after a landlord?
Some of these stories are very touching, weird and some get inspiration from very strange places.
Other game tales do not make sense to gamers or to game developers.
To learn more about these amazing tales behind some of the greatest video games, here are 12 video game history fun facts that every gamer should know.
12 Video Game History Fun Facts
1. The Nintendo Cowboy
Following World War II, South Korea placed a ban on all Japanese cultural imports.
The ban was lifted in 2004 but that did not mean that video game fanatics in South Korea did not know about games like Mario.
Hyundai Electronics would distribute gaming products from Nintendo in South Korea.
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was known as the Hyundai Cowboy.
2. The Final Fantasy Game
Final Fantasy is a popular video game with many loyal fans all over the world.
But did you know the game got its name because the company was going bankrupt?
The developer was about to quit the industry for good.
And as a goodbye to the company and his career, he developed a simple game and renamed it “Final Fantasy”.
The word “Final” was a message to all the fans that it was going to be the last game.
Many people thought that it was going to be the last game.
But things changed for the good and the game gained traction until it transformed into one of the biggest hits.
Today, the Final Fantasy series continues to improve by giving players more action and entertainment.
3. Super Mario and Nine Inch Nails
A lot of games from the Super Mario games have been named after famous musicians.
Actually, several people have already identified the pattern, and can guess the next series.
4. Donkey Kong 64
Another interesting fact is that Donkey Kong 64 came with an expansion pack. This is because there was a fatal programming mistake.
There was a time people had to upgrade their video game consoles through Expansion Packs.
Due to some errors in the programming, you needed an Expansion Pack to properly play Donkey Kong 64.
And this was not because of the graphics or because the game was too advanced, the reason what that there was a bug.
And the best way to fix the programming mistake was through the Pack.
It is believed that the coding mistake made the game more popular than everyone expected.
5. Pokemon Gold & Silver
Even though Pokemon is a famous game in the industry, Pokemon Gold & Silver was going to be the end of the series forever.
It was released to the public in 1999 as the end of the series.
Even the Pokemon CEO believed that after the 21 century, he would be working on another title.
But things changed and today Pokemon continues to deliver hours of entertainment.
6. The lion that ate itself
You might not know but the Scribblenauts game released a very strange bug.
There was a lion that could eat itself. This odd occurrence was discovered in the last stages of the game development.
7. The pigs found in Angry Birds are friendly
Even though some people believe that the pigs in the Angry Birds game are harmful, actually they don’t harm anyone.
These pigs are friendly and very innocent. Contrary to the fact that video games give people evil thoughts, the pigs cannot attack anyone.
And this was confirmed by the developers who tweeted that “The pigs cannot harm anyone”.
Even though the pigs approach you in a suspicious manner, all they want is food.
Hence, the next time you attack them, it is important to know they are innocent.
Please don’t hurt those innocent little piglets!
8. Grand Theft Auto controversial
Another fun fact is that RockStar paid Max Clifford (English publicist) to talk to the press so that it could boost the sales.
This is not something many people would expect since the game is a hit due to its reputation in the media.
But from credible sources, the company paid the press to get a boost.
When someone publishes that a video game is violent and sick, people become curious and want to know more about the game.
That was the company’s idea and it worked very well.
9. Final Fantasy VII was for N64 only
Most people were not aware that the Final Fantasy VII game was to be released only for the N64 console.
The problem was that the entire game files were huge and couldn’t fit inside the N64 console.
If you noticed, the Final Fantasy series shifted from Nintendo Consoles to the Sony ones.
And from then on, Final Fantasy has become a focused PlayStation game.
The fact is that when the video game was being designed, the company realized that it was large and it couldn’t fit inside Nintendo 64’s cartridge.
The only option was to adapt the game for the PlayStation because it was limiting their resources.
The game was shifted to the PlayStation format, and it required four installation discs to fully install the game.
10. Nintendo’s Mario
We all love Mario, a character that was introduced by Nintendo. Today, Mario is believed to be the best-selling game of all time.
Mario is a carpenter who has a pet known as Donkey Kong.
But Mario is actually the name of Nintendo’s first warehouse landlord. And it is a character that has been present in many games.
11. The History of Game Controllers
Most people don’t know that video game controllers have evolved from handheld controllers to cameras, speakers, motion detectors and microphones.
It is a long journey that has seen great improvements.
12. Nintendo’ Gameboy
Nintendo’s Gameboy is believed to be the most successful hand-held game console in the world.
It has sold more than 100 million units since it was released.