Breakdancing has become an Olympic sport. β€œBreaking” officially added to the medal events program at the 2024 Paris Games. espn.com/olympics/story/_…
Tomohiro Nishikado, creator of Space Invaders, made the entire game himself. Not only was he its designer, programmer, artist, and sound mixer, but he also engineered the game’s microcomputer from scratch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Playing action video games can train the mind to make the right decisions faster. Video game players can develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, such as everyday activities like driving, reading small print, or navigating around town. rochester.edu/pr/Review/V…
Larry Bird was once bored so he played against the Portland Trailblazers with his left hand; he finished the game with 47 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. nba.com/news/week-history…
The developers of the racing simulator game Assetto Corsa were attempting to find the source of what they believed to be a bug with the in-game traction control. In reality, the "bug" was the simulation accurately recreating a real world physics problem they were unaware of. youtube.com/watch?v=PFxIZ…
In the 90s, video game designer Kenji Eno learned he had blind fans, who played his games with great effort. So he designed a blank-screen game just for them: "Real Sound: Kaze no Regret." He made Sega send 1000 consoles (w/ the game) to blind people. It is still a popular game for the blind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
Some roads in Australia are so long that the Australian government counteracts the risk of fatigue by playing little trivia games on the side of the road. boredpanda.com/trivia-roa…
A sports writer wrote a rude and snarky article about the WNBA even though he had never been to a game. He was confronted by a WNBA star who chided him and invited him to watch her play. Two years later they were married. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
NBC contracted Mayfair Games, the company behind Settlers of Catan, to create the fake board game Cones of Dunshire for use in the television show Parks and Rec. While originally just a joke, Mayfair did eventually create a fully playable, though incredibly complicated, version of the game. news.avclub.com/parks-and…
Today I learned about a chess tournament in which a grandmaster by the name of Jan-Krzysztof Duda lost every single game he played against his opponents, until the very last one: a win against Magnus Carlsen, the current world chess champion, ending Magnus' 2-year, 125-game winning streak. firstpost.com/sports/worl…
A garbage collector and punk archaeologist partnered to find the fabled pit where a struggling Atari dumped tons of unsold inventory after the video game crash of 1983. They knew the Atari trove was close when they began unearthing artifacts of the 80s, including a Donny and Marie Osmond poster. money.cnn.com/2015/09/01/…
Chuck E. Cheese Pizza was created by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell created the pizza & arcade restaurant to serve as a distribution network for his Atari games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nol…
In 2007, Rockstar Games allowed fans to call a number and rant about what they thought was wrong with America. The best calls were featured on a radio station in "Grand Theft Auto IV" gtaforums.com/topic/26235…
In 2013 Lucasarts games had a game in development following Boba Fett going through the criminal underworld of Coruscant's level 1313. According to interviews the staff was inspired by the GTA series. The Game was cancelled when Lucasarts was acquired by Disney and laid off most of their staff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned about the symbiotic relationship of wolves and ravens. Ravens will lead wolves to prey so that they can take a portion of the leftovers, play games of tail chasing with each other, and develop individual friendships. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
The game "50 Cent: Blood in the Sand" had a helicopter mission added to it late in the development process because 50 Cent's son asked for helicopters to be in the game en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
Two Playstation 1 games featured a scratch and sniff disc. FIFA 2001 smelled like a soccer field and Grand Turismo 2 smelled like car tires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
John von Newmann was a child prodigy who could divide eight-digit numbers in his head by age six and learned calculus by age eight. He developed the computer architecture that virtually all computing devices use today. He became a US strategic adviser and his game theory led to the MAD doctrine. content.time.com/time/mag…
In Australia, a study of hitmen found that offers ranged from $500 to $100k, with an average of $16.5k. One undercover investigator lists his largest proposed payoff as $200k in jewels and his stingiest as β€œseven Atari computer games, three dollar bills, and $2.30 in nickels and dimes.” washingtoncitypaper.com/a…
Kobe’s grandma only came to see him play one game his entire career. That game he scored 81 points versus the Toronto Raptors. opencourt-basketball.com/…
Feral rabbits are a big problem in Australia. It started by Thomas Austin. He had 24 rabbits sent to him from Europe for his game of hunting parties in 1859. In 7 years, those 24 rabbits became 14,000. Now there are about 200 million wild rabbits down under. nationalgeographic.org/ar…
The reason why businesses refer to the Super Bowl in their advertisements as "The Big Game" is because the NFL owns the trademark to the phrase "Super Bowl" and will severely crack down on any business that uses those words without officially licensing it from the NFL foxbusiness.com/markets/n…
Although they had been invented during WWII, nachos wouldn't become well known worldwide until a Monday Night Football game in 1978, when during the Baltimore Colts/Dallas Cowboys games, Howard Cosell kept mentioning them (Texas Stadium happened to be serving them, which helped things) dallasnews.com/news/obitu…
The "Heidi Game" was a 1968 football game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. The Raiders scored two touchdowns in the final minute to win by 43–32. However, NBC broke away to broadcast Heidi resulting in many viewers missing the Raiders' comeback. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
If you're under 18 in China you can only play games up to 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Coleco, the maker of the ColecoVision video game console was founded as the Connecticut Leather Company selling leather products to shoe repair shops. They went on to make above-ground pools before moving into video games. They also created the iconic Cabbage Patch Kid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of the Chicago College All-Star Game, an NFL preseason game between the NFL Championship Team of the previous season vs a team of the best college football players. It was played from 1934 to 1976. Of the 42 games played, the college team won 9 times with their last win in 1963. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In the 1987 Canada Cup Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemiuex, the two best players in NHL history, played on the same team and often the same line. They combined for 39 points in just nine games, winning the gold medal. hhof.com/htmlTimeCapsule/…
Today I learned of Jim Abbott, who played ten seasons in Major League Baseball despite being born with one hand. In 1993, he pitched the eighth no-hitter game in Yankees history. mlb.com/news/jim-abbott-c…
Korean people in Shilla Dynasty (~A.D 8) used a uniquely shaped d14 die to play drinking games that included commands like β€œchug 3 shots at once” or β€œhave your nose smacked by folks.” gordsellar.com/2014/11/15…
In Sierra Leone, before getting a driver's license, you have to buy a board game called "The Drivers' Way" and play it at least once. The game involves rolling stoplight-themed dice and moving models of classic cars around a board, together with answering questions about the country’s road laws newsfeed.time.com/2013/10…
The board game Stratego was invented by a Dutch Jew for his two children during WW2. The family was eventually sent to a concentration camp but luckily survived. courtlistener.com/recap/g…
In the 1930s, strength-game High Striker operators would rig it so small people could win to attract people, then rig it again so stronger people couldn't win, in which they'd keep playing to avoid humiliation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Jews in Medieval Europe observed Christmas Eve, aka Nittel Nacht (Nativity Night), by staying up singing, dancing, and playing games, avoiding sacred activities like reading the Torah, and abstaining from sex β€” as any child conceived that night was cursed to grow up to be a tool of the devil. daily.jstor.org/nittel-na…
Princess Peach was not Mario's original damsel in distress in his debut game, Donkey Kong (1981) - Her name is Pauline, and she has appeared in other games wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulin…
The Office character Dwight Schrute didn't just speak the Dothraki language from Game of Thrones, he improved it: the writers correctly used its grammar and invented a new construction. David J. Peterson, the language's creator, made it canon and named it the Schrutean compound. dothraki.com/2012/10/doth…
The Invictus games for disabled Veterans was started by Prince Harry after he was pulled from Afghanistan and they put him on a flight with four unconscious soldiers missing limbs and wrapped in plastic. One holding a piece of shrapnel that had been removed from his head. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
The game Battleship dates back to turn of the 20th century, where is was played with just paper and pen. The game is said to have been played by Russian officers before WWI. A version using plastic pegs wasn't created until 1967. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
NBA player Vince Carter has played at least one NBA game with 37% of the players who ever played in the NBA sports.yahoo.com/vince-ca…
The video game market accounts for more than half of UK's entertainment sector and is worth more than the music and movie industry combined, according to new report. bbc.com/news/technology-4…
When Roseanne Barr mangled the National Anthem at a baseball game in 1990 and made an obscene gesture after fans booed, she was dealing with a 1/3 second sound delay and mimicking a typical ball player's habit of spitting tobacco and grabbing their crotches. sportingnews.com/us/mlb/n…
Sammy Sosa suffered from an extreme back spasm before a game in 2004 as the result of two violent sneezes. He had to sit the game out and receive an epidural to bring down the inflammation. espn.com/mlb/news/story?i…
Before the internet, Nintendo had "game counselors" - whom you could call if you were stuck in a game and they would coach you through it. games.avclub.com/what-was…
Coca-Cola is the longest-standing sponsor of the Olympics, having supported every edition of the Games since 1928. olympic.org/sponsors/coca…
Michael Jackson's Super Bowl half time show was so successful that for the first time ever, a performance won higher ratings than the game. youtube.com/watch?v=-VhFi…
Guinness World Records began in 1954 as a free giveaway by Guinness Breweries. A company director came up with the idea of a records book after he was unable to find a source to settle a dispute over the fastest game bird in Europe (it's the golden plover). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The 90s game POGs originated in the 1930s, using the bottletops of Hawaiian drink, Passion Orange Guava. firstwefeast.com/drink/20…
Due to poor sales, the game Beyond Good & Evil was sold in a promotional pack with mozzarella cheese. destructoid.com/oh-canada…
Seneca once sat through the half time at a gladiatorial fight, the time when the bloodiest spectacles usually took place. He expected staged fights with blunt swords but instead described the specacle as "plain butchery", and adviced his friend never to attend the games en.wikisource.org/wiki/Se…
Because the original Pac-Man game stores the level counter as an 8-bit integer, an overflow error occurs when reaching level 256. This causes the level map to only half load, rendering it unbeatable. Making it to level 256 was used as a mark of prestige amongst players. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…

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