Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft was supposed to have a much smaller chest.
Her designer – Toby Gard – accidentally adjusted the model’s chest to 150% it’s intended size, and was persuaded by the other designers to keep it.
The Scorpion tanks in the Halo series all contain a six-digit number, which happens to be the birth day of the game’s art director.
Mario was known as Jumpman in the original Donkey Kong. Even more weird, he was a carpenter and not a plumber.
Pac-Man might be one of the most recognizable characters in video game history, but did you know he was modeled after a pizza missing a slice?
The earliest ‘Easter Egg’ in video game history is said to be on Adventure for the Atari 2600. The player could access a room that displayed the name of the game’s creator.
The best-selling first-generation Xbox game was Halo 2. It sold 6.3 million copies in the US alone.
If you were an avid watcher of Seinfeld, then you might remember George Costanza being obsessed with Frogger and setting a record of 860,630 points. The record, even though it was fictional, was broken in 2009 by a man from Connecticut who scored 896,980 points.
Lara Croft was originally supposed to be named Laura Cruz.
South Korea banned Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory because the game shows the destruction of Seoul, the country’s capital. The ban was lifted at the end of 2006.
Art students created a version of Pong where actual pain could be inflicted. The methods ranged from a whip, heat and electrical damage.
Most people might think of avid gamers as little kids and teenagers but according to the Entertainment Software Association, the average US game player is thirty-three years old and has been playing games for at least a dozen years.
The first Xbox console was originally called the Direct X Box due to its use of Microsoft’s DirectX technology. Eventually, the name was shortened to just Xbox and the rest is history.
FIFA 2001 became the first (and remains the only game to date) to use a “scratch and sniff” disc. The disc smelled of turf.
Steve Downes, the man who provides the voice for Halo’s Master Chief, is a DJ for a radio station in Chicago.
Sony made headlines in 2005 for hiring graffiti artists to promote their PSP across the country. The company received several lawsuits from angry mayors.
Gran Turismo 2 featured some 650 cars, a total that Gran Turismo 3 couldn’t match or even come close to.
We’re sure you’ve seen it plenty of times but not so sure that you know what it stands for: Capcom is short for Capsule Computers.
Daphne Maurer, a developmental psychologist, made national news in 2012 by revealing people born with cataracts could improve their eyesight by playing Medal of Honor.
A recent study by the Education Development Center and the US Congress–supported Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative found that a curriculum that involved digital media such as video games could improve early literacy skills when coupled with strong parental and teacher involvement.
Nintendo shipped their Super Nintendo Consoles at night for fear of being robbed by the Yakuza, Japan’s most prominent and violent mafia.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime used to be the senior director of national marketing at Pizza Hut.
The Reznor enemies in Super Mario World were in fact named after Trent Reznor, the lead singer of Nine Inch Nails.
For those of you who didn’t know this, South Korea had put an embargo on Japanese imports after World War II. So, back in the awesome 1990s, Hyundai Electronics distributed Nintendo 64 in the country after renaming it Comboy 64.
The voiceover actor for Tony Montana in Scarface: The World Is Yours, Andre Sogliuzzo, was handpicked by Pacino himself. As most of you understand by now, the game’s developers obeyed the great Al Pacino’s wish.
Game Developers working on Dead Space modeled the ‘Necromorph’ enemy after car-wreck victims.
via – thechive