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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Video Games Interesting Facts

The first video games emerged in the 1970’s and it has come a long way. Today’s video games offer photorealistic graphics and simulate reality to a degree which is astonishing in most cases. Let’s have a look at some interesting video game facts:

48% of all gamers are women.

Sonic The Hedgehog has been around over a quarter century.

If Super Mario were a real person he would be over 59 years old.

Marvel vs Capcom was released the same year Google was founded.

Magnavox Odyssey was the first ever commercial video game console.

Microsoft Xbox was the first video game system to provide full support for HDTV.

The Sega Dreamcast was the first console to implement online play over a phone line, calling the system Sega Net.

The PlayStation 2 was the first system to have graphics capability better than that of the leading-edge personal computer at the time of its release.

The PlayStation 2 was the first video game system to use DVD technology.

Seventy-four percent of PC/console VR headset owners use their device to play single player video games.

Seventy-one percent of parents feel video games positively impact their child’s life.

Sixty-seven percent of parents play video games with their children at least once a week.

Super Mario’s last name is Mario making his full name Mario Mario.

The maximum score anyone can achieve in Pac-Man is 3333360.

In GTA 4, if the player is on a mission with Little Jacob and both get into a convertible car while Jacob is smoking, a glitch will occur where Jacob jumps into the car without using his arms.

In Street Fighter EX, Kairi was originally supposed to be the main character of the EX games, but the idea was scrapped and Ryu was chosen over him.

In Injustice 2, one of the possible intro dialogues between Batman and The Joker, Batman will ask if Joker is a "Scarecrow-induced allusion".

The average game player is 31 years old and has been playing for 14 years.

World of Warcraft is the highest grossing game of all time with a record $10 billion over its lifetime.

Devil May Cry started out as a failed Resident Evil game.

Pac-Man was invented by Toru Iwatani while he was eating pizza.

Originally the PlayStation was designed as a Nintendo console with Sony to produce the inside components of the console.

Currently, the video game industry is valued over $70 billion worldwide.

Two-thirds of American households play games, 40% female, and 60% male.

The game from Sega called Golden Axe was voiced entirely by prisoners in 1990.

The Sega Saturn was the first gaming console to be shipped with an internal memory.

The best selling console of all time is the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS which sold 155 million units each.

The Gameboy version of Tetris was the first video game to be played in space.

In Germany, copies of Medal Of Honor: Frontline had to be reprinted because there was a swastika on the back cover.

In 2008 Barack Obama appeared in 18 games that ran into 10 states during the presidential elections.

In 2010, the US Air Force built a supercomputer using 1700 PlayStation 3 consoles.

The name of the Xbox was originally the DirectX Box before it was renamed as the Xbox.

Final Fantasy games were originally Nintendo exclusives.

Matt Damon refused to appear in The Bourne Supremacy video game as he thought it is too violent.

DJ Atomica, the announcer in Burnout Paradise is the same guy that provides the commentary for SSX 3.

Chris Moyles, UK Radio One DJ, an enemy in the game spin-off of TV show 24.

UK chat show host, Jonathan Ross, starred in Halo 3.

In Fallout 2, there's a hidden room in Junktown, in the Cafe Of Broken Dreams, where you can find Dogmeat, the faithful hound of the vault dweller in the first game.

GoldenEye's famously brilliant multiplayer mode originally contained three Bond actors as playable characters; Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Timothy Dalton.

Jogcon was a special PSone controller developed specifically for Ridge Racer.

In critically panned crime caper Driv3r, there was a Hawaiian shirt-wearing character called Timmy Vermicelli - a clear parody of the star of GTA: Vice City, Tommy Vercetti.

In Grand Theft Auto 3, one mission saw you chasing a character called Tanner, who bore more than a passing resemblance to Driver lead character of the same name.

Gears of War was the first western-developed Xbox 360 game to break into the top 10 of the Japanese game chart.

Mega Man is known as Rock Man in Japan.

To create the gruesome Necromorph monsters in their game Dead Space, the devs at EA Redwood Shores studied photos of car wreck victims.

Final Fantasy got its name from the fact that it was supposed to be Square's last ever game.

Sixty percent of all Americans age six and older, or about 145 million people, play computer and video games.

The average age of a gamer is 28 years old.

The name of the God of War character Kratos is taken from the Greek word ‘Cratos’ which means power.

Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest was the first game to feature multiple endings.

The Nintendo GameCube's proprietary disc can hold 1.5 gigabytes of data which is 190 times more than what an N64 game cartridge can hold.

The Atari Jaguar proudly boasted that it was the first 64-bit console, but in reality, it was two 32-bit chips stuck together - so not truly 64-bit.

It's only humanly possible to press a button on a controller 16 times per second. This record was set by Toshuyuki Takahashi, a Japanese gamer.

Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon, got the idea for the worldwide Game Boy phenomenon after collecting caterpillars as a child and watching them change into butterflies.

If you cheated while playing the Sega 32x version of Doom after the game ends you're taken to a fake DOS prompt. You can't quit out of it, and the only way to escape the screen is to reset the console. If you didn't cheat, you get an extra cutscene.

Duke Nukem 3D was one of the first games to employ a real-time audio effect to its sounds.

In World Of Warcraft, there's a dungeon called Uldaman where you can find and recruit three 'lost dwarves', who look very similar to characters from The Lost Vikings on SNES.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was one of the first ever games to have a simultaneous, worldwide release date.

In the first Max Payne, Max’s face was digitized from series writer Sam Lake, but in the second game, they used an actor called Timothy Gibbs, who starred in ladies’ favorite Sex And The City.

Assasin’s Creed was originally meant to be a Prince of Persia spin-off.

There’s a difference between the Japanese and US versions of Resident Evil 4.

The first game to go online with Sony’s terrible PS2 network adapter was SOCOM: Navy Seals.

Starcraft is the first computer game to have ever physically made it into space. It was sent aboard Shuttle mission STS-96 on May 27, 1999, by Mission Specialist Daniel T. Barry, who is also a Starcraft fan.

Who is Playing?

The average age of gamers: 35
The average age of game purchasers: 38
Households that own a device used for playing video games: 65%
Households that own a device exclusively for playing video games: 48%
The average number of years gamers have been playing: 13

The average age of gamers held steady this year, indicating that more up and coming gamers are joining in as us older gamers gained another year on our birthdays. The average number of years gamers have been playing also held steady this year. Is this an indication that some gamers are aging out just a bit?

What are people playing?

Gamers who play social games: 48%
Devices the most frequent gamers are playing on:
PC: 56%, dedicated game console: 53%, smartphone: 36%, wireless device: 31%, dedicated handheld system: 17%

Playing Video Games as a social outlet

54% of the most frequent gamers play with others
53% of the most frequent game players feel video games help them connect with friends
42% of the most frequent game players feel video games help them spend time with family
Hours per week spent playing with others online: 6.5
Hours per week spent playing with others in person: 4.5
Who are they playing with?
40% friend
21% Family members
17% Parent(s)
15% Spouse/Partner

Gender in Gaming

Male gamers: 59%
Female gamers: 41%

However, once again the number of women gamers over 18 years old tops the number of male gamers under 18.
Women over 18: 31%
Males under 18: 17%

There are also just as many women playing video games over the age of 35 as under (split 50/50).

60% of video game purchasers are men
40% of video game purchasers are women

The Emergence of eSports

50% of most frequent gamers are familiar with eSports
Viewership of eSports has exploded from 204 million to 292 million between 2014 and 2016. That’s a 43% increase in two years.
Global revenue rose from $194 million to $463 million between 2014 and 2016. That’s a 239% increase in two years.
Overall eSports Stats For 2016

Total Prize Money: $93,505,160.63
Total Tournaments: 3877
Total Active Players: 13576
Average Tournament Prize Pool: $24,117.92
Average Earnings/Player: $6,887.53
Median Tournament Prize Pool: $579.20
Median Earnings/Player: $338.00

Top eSports titles in 2016

1. Dota 2 – $37,251,051.07 – 772 Players – 118 Tournaments
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – $17,267,862.14 – 4349 Players – 851 Tournaments
3. League of Legends – $10,301,329.03 – 1327 Players – 125 Tournaments
4. Heroes of the Storm – $4,610,149.10 – 381 Players – 57 Tournaments

5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – $3,749,030.66 – 322 Players – 47 Tournaments

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