It's National Video Game Day

Today, take some time to appreciate the technological achievements of the video game industry. Think about how far we’ve come since the days of the original Nintendo and Game Boy. Today’s games have advanced special effects and diversified themes that appeal to almost everyone. Video games aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, they have become very popular as group activities at parties. People crowd around televisions in homes and dorm rooms to battle their friends in adventure, sports, and music-themed competitions.

In honor of today being Video Game Day, we decided to dive into some fun trivia on the subject…so here you go!

  • Nintendo is actually 124 years old. The company was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi on September 23rd, 1889 as a company that made Japanese playing cards. While Sony's history dates back to 1946, Microsoft's 1975 inception makes it the baby of the trio.
  • The Sega Dreamcast was the first console to implement online play over a phone line, calling the system Sega Net.
  • In the original arcade Donkey Kong game, Mario was called Jumpman and he was a carpenter, not a plumber.
  • While the original Atari Football game was first created in 1973, it wasn't released until 1978. It was delayed because the game couldn't scroll the screen – players couldn't move beyond the area shown on the monitor. When the game was finally released, it became the first game to utilize scrolling, a key part of many games today.
  • Atari’s Pong video game console was the number one selling item for the holiday season in 1975.
  • The bushes and clouds in Super Mario Bros. are the same thing, just different colors.
  • If you look hard enough, you can spot Pac-Man in the Disney movie, “Tron.”
  • Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani revealed that the character was designed to appeal to women.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog originally had a human girlfriend named Madonna.
  • Nintendo of America is the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners.
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