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26Super Mario

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and his team wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur since just after the completion of the very first Super Mario Bros. game. It took 6 years, before technology could handle the release of Yoshi in Super Mario World.


27. By mid-1981, more than four billion quarters, or $1 billion, had been grossed from Space Invaders machines.


28. In Super Mario 64, a Shepherd Tone (a noise composed of sine waves that gives the illusion of constantly ascending or descending in pitch) was used in the soundtrack for the 'endless staircase' "to provide an unsettling feeling."


29. In Super Mario Bros., the Hammer Bros. eventually chase Mario if he stands still long enough.


30. One developer spent two years programming Batman's cape in the game Arkham Asylum.


31Resident Evil 4

The original idea for Resident Evil 4 was supposed to be a "cool" and "stylish" change in the series. It was canceled and eventually became what we now know as Devil May Cry.


32. The Halo was originally supposed to be 3rd person shooter designed for Macintosh. In 2000, Microsoft bought Bungie and made it an exclusive for the original Xbox.


33. The popular series Red vs. Blue was captured using an in game glitch in Halo 1. This glitch was later recreated in Halo 2 for the sole benefit of the show.


34. While developing the 1994 hit game "Donkey Kong Country," programmers found that real-life gorillas moved too slow for a fast-paced game. Instead, Donkey Kong's movements were based off a horse's gallop.


35. Denmark was the first country to be fully transplanted into the Minecraft games. The government hoped it could help make lessons more fun for students, until hackers ‘bombed’ the Minecraft version of Denmark in a cyber-attack.


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36Earthbound

A video game named “Earthbound” has several anti-piracy measures in place; including crashing and deleting your entire save data during the final boss fight if you’re using a pirated copy of the game.


37. The town of Silent Hill and Arkham Asylum are based on real places.


38. The Fallout drug Med-X was originally called Morphine, but was renamed to avoid a ban of the game in Australia.


39. Despite being one of the most successful fighting games of all time, "Mortal Kombat" only had a development team of four people.


40. The Legend of Zelda was principally inspired by creator Shigeru Miyamoto's explorations as a young boy in the hillsides, forests, and caves surrounding his childhood home in Sonobe, Japan where he ventured into forests with secluded lakes, caves, and rural villages.


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41Buck Bumble

When a video game critic criticized a video game named Buck Bumble for having foggy graphics, another critic defended it by pointing out that the game was set in England.


42. A video game named Homefront, which was released in early 2011 and based on a war against a North Korean global power, successfully predicted both the year of Kim Jong-Il's death (2011) and North Korea's nuclear test in 2013.


43. There is a video game, called "Lose/Lose" that deletes a random file on your computer every time you kill an enemy.


44. Mortal Kombat II was so popular when it hit the arcades that several of the machines were later installed with deadlock security panels on the back to prevent thieves from ripping the game's motherboard straight out of the machine and taking it home.


45. There is a Wolfenstein 3D clone where you play as Noah and put animals to sleep on the Ark. It is the only commercially released SNES game that was not licensed, and used a hack to bypass Nintendo's DRM.


46Deer Avenger

There is a video game series called ‘Deer Avenger,’ which is a parody of Deer Hunter. In it you get to play as a deer that hunts humans.


47. When the original Mortal Kombat game came out, an audit menu listed Error Macros under the name ERMAC, leading fans to think there was a third hidden ninja in the game. This myth resulted in the creation of the character named ERMAC in future games.


48. Boos, ghosts from the Mario video game series, are based on co-designer Takashi Tezuka's wife who is usually quiet but exploded one day, maddened by all the time he spent at work. Similarly, a Boo “shrinks when Mario looks at it, but when Mario turns away, it grow[s] large and menacing.”


49. The arcade video game named Defender (1981) is so difficult to play that “Initial attempts lasting less than ten seconds are not uncommon for novices.”


50. In 2017, so many people played Gran Turismo Sport on Christmas weekend that PlayStation Network thought their servers were under a DDoS Attack.

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