Gordon Freeman was almost a square-headed Gimli, and other crazy video game facts you never knew

Did you know that Final Fight was originally intended to be a sequel to Street Fighter, and named Street Fighter ‘89? Or that the first PlayStation was intended to be a CD-ROM add-on for the Super Nintendo? 

IGN has a great feature highlighting 20 crazy video game facts, many of which are little known even to the most ardent video game fans. I learned that apparently, Pac-Man was designed to appeal to the ladies. I would have loved to have been in on that design meeting: “OK, video games are very popular among men, but we want to expand the market for our new game to women. What if we made the main character… round, and cut out a slice so it resembled a partially-eaten pizza pie. And make him yellow. It’s no Fabio, but I think the ladies’ll love it!”

Also, E.T. for the Atari sold more than Space Invaders, at 1.5 million copies? That just makes me wonder how they so grossly overestimated the amount of cartridges that would be sold, that they ended up having to bury millions more in the New Mexico landfill, as I would consider 1.5 million units to be quite the success! The only home console we ever had at home was the Atari 2600, and we had both the E.T. and Space Invaders cartridges. We played the crap out of E.T., our young minds mistaking the frustrating mechanics for a riveting challenge. At least now I can say my parents bought the two top-selling games for the console, despite the fact that one of them ended up being both figuratively and literally garbage.


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