Every gamer out there probably knows a lot about some of their favorite games. Aside from the game mechanics and the way in which the game itself works, players usually go on to explore the lore behind their favorite titles and gather some additional knowledge that’s not only helpful but that can also be super fun.
However, aside from these types of information, players can also find some not so well-known facts about some of their favorite titles. With that in mind, here are some super-fun facts about some of your favorite video games you likely didn’t know about.
Almost any game where players compete can become an eSports game
Contrary to popular belief, eSports games are not limited only to the already well-established titles in this nice. Instead, virtually any competitive game can become an eSports game, provided that it can attract enough attention. So, MOBAs and FPSs are not the only game genres that can appear in this niche. To no one’s surprise, StarCraft 2 and Hearthstone are also among the favorite titles. That being said, however, it’s important to understand that not all eSports games are equally lucrative. So, the fact that you may not be seeing some of the titles being discussed as much is probably due to the fact that they’re simply not as popular of a choice as some others.
Super Mario and Nine Inch Nails
Super Mario is one of the most well-loved games of all times. Generations both young and old find any of the Sper Mario titles quite enjoyable and entertaining. But did you know that a lot of Koopalings from the Super Mario games were actually named after famous musicians? For instance, Ludwig, Iggy and Lemmy are probably the most obvious ones. However, Reznor the fire-breathing triceratops was actually named by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. And, on top of that, Nine Inch Nails actually created the soundtrack for Quake. Mind = blown.
Games that don’t let you win don’t exist
This is one of the most popular theories among casino players. According to some players, not accidently usually among those who lose often, all casino games are rigged so that they let you win initially to get you hooked and then they just stop. So, to say that there are games that won’t let you win or that certain games simply “freeze” when you start winning is absolutely absurd. This casino game myth is a well-known conspiracy theory among casino players. Luckily, there are also people who believe in facts and not just some random myth.
The lunch bell nuke
You’ve probably at least heard about the Fallout 3 game if not played it as well. In this post-apocalyptic game players can acquire a so-called Fat Man, a mini nuke launcher that was based off of a real nuke launcher called the M-388 Davy Crockett Tactical Nuclear Recoilless Rifle. Now every time a nuke is launched in the game, players can hear a satisfying “ding”. This sound was actually the exact sound the lunch bell from Bethesda Softworks’ cafeteria made.
Chances are you’ve probably never heard about Lara Cruz. But chances also are that you’re more than familiar with Lara Croft. Now, you may be wondering what these two ladies have in common and the answer is quite simple – they’re the same person. However, what’s even more surprising is that this heroine was actually initially male. The first-ever game that featured this well-loved character was supposed to follow a male protagonist who went on an adventure to explore Egyptian pyramids in search for hidden treasure. But developers felt like this would be too similar to Indiana Jones, so they decided to go with the female character instead. The Cruz to Croft shift happened because the same developers felt like the game would spark greater interest if they came up with a more U.K. friendly name. And after some phone book browsing, they finally settled on Lara Croft.
The first video game in space
Nowadays, when you say “video game” people instantly think of these elaborate titles the majority of which is usually enjoyed online. However, the first ever video game that was actually played in space was the Game Boy version of Tetris. Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov was the first person to play this game in space in 1993. After its fun voyage, the game was actually sold at an auction for $1,220. Pretty cool, ha?
Left 4 Dead in The Cabin in the Woods
Any horror (or Chris Hemsworth) lover out there is probably already familiar with the movie The Cabin in the Woods. Love it or hate it, the movie is filled with easter eggs and hidden gems. Those who were watching it carefully enough actually got the chance to spot creatures from the video game Left 4 Dead among other monsters shown in the movie. If you skip to the monster wall scene in the movie, you can clearly see a Boomer and Witch mixed with all the other monsters.
These were just some of the interesting and fun facts you probably didn’t know about some of your favorite games. Of course, there are plenty of other fun facts you can explore if we’ve managed to tickle your interest.