In this article, I have mentioned 5 surprising yet sweet video game facts that you should know about.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing almost everyone to stay inside our homes. Due to the lockdowns and quarantines imposed by governments all over the world, a lot of people are waiting it out inside their homes. Boring as it sounds, but we all have to comply to prevent the spread of the virus. Thankfully, we have technology with us to keep us company during these trying times.
One of the best ways to pass the time is by playing video games. Whether you’re on a mobile phone, a console, PC, or just seeing what kind of retro gaming nostalgia you can conjure up from The Old School Game Vault, there’s no shortage of excellent games you can play. For the mobile platform, you have smartphones that can play multiplayer games like Mobile Legends and PUBG Mobile. For the PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo, you have exclusive games on each platform. The PC also has its fair share of awesome games such as Dota 2 and Starcraft II.
Alternatively, games and platforms aren’t just what makes the video game industry great. The franchises and stories involved in the gaming industry also have their fair share of stories and facts that intrigue many readers and gamers alike. With that said, here are some of the most interesting video game facts that you should know about:
1. The First Pokemon
When you ask people about the first Pokemon, they’ll say that it’s Bulbasaur. Truthfully speaking, Bulbasaur’s national Pokedex number is officially “001,” making it the first Pokemon ever. One of the most interesting random facts that you’ll read about Pokemon is that Bulbasaur isn’t the first Pokemon ever created.
The fame of being the very first Pokemon made goes to Rhydon.
According to Ken Sugimori, who is also one of the original designers of the first Pokemon, Rhydon is the first-ever Pokemon created.
On the Pokedex, Rhydon’s official Pokedex number is 112. If you still don’t believe it, try observing the first gyms you encounter in Pokemon Red and Blue. You may notice that the pillars seemingly look like Rhydon.
2. Violence isn’t the Answer
One of the most acclaimed games in history is Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid. The game is well known for its gameplay, violence, and tons of funny easter eggs. In Metal Gear Solid 3, you can encounter a boss and a legendary sniper by the name of “The End.” According to info available, The End uses a Mosin-Nagant 1891/30 rifle and is over 100 years old. He also has a talking parrot that acts as his spotter.
Most of the time, defeating bosses often requires taking them head-on by using weapons and tactics. However, there is an alternative, non-violent way to defeat The End in Metal Gear Solid 3.
Before quitting, save your game. Restart your PlayStation 2 and change the internal date to a week or two ahead. Afterward, load your save file. You’ll then find out that “The End” died in his sleep because of waiting for you!
3. The Biggest Prize Pool
The International is an annual Dota 2 Tournament officially held and sanctioned by Valve. Every year, teams from all over the world gather in a single location and battle it out to see who is the best at Dota. Due to the game’s popularity, the annual tournament boasts some of the biggest prize pools both in esports and sports alike.
Team OG won the 2019 International with a staggering 1st place prize of $15,607,638. This money earned every team member almost $3 million each. If that’s not enough to wow you, the total prize pool of the International 2019 was placed at $34.3 million.
4. Games Help with Depression
Although gaming addiction is a real thing and causes depression, playing games doesn’t cause depression.
On the contrary, playing games moderately can reduce stress levels in most adults.
Some of us might consider staying inside our homes as fun, but others can say it can be stressful for them. This time is perfect for us to play games and break away from stress.
Video games can help us relax and release stress. For one, playing games with your friends is more fun. Games can also exercise your hand-eye coordination. Not everything with video games is bad if done right and in moderation.
5. Nintendo’s Posterboy
Almost everyone in the world knows Mario.
Mario is a legendary video game character and is the mascot for Nintendo, a giant in the video game industry.
However, before Mario had his first game, he appeared first in Donkey Kong and was named Jumpman. After getting his own game, he was given the name Mario and was put as a plumber rather than a carpenter.
He also has a brother named Luigi, who isn’t as famous as he is, but is also known worldwide. Together, they are called the “Mario Brothers.” This fact also means that Mario’s last name is also Mario.
Playing games is an excellent activity to pass the time. With remarkable games such as Pokemon, Metal Gear Solid, Dota 2, and more, you won’t have to feel blue during this lockdown. Remember to stay inside, stay safe, and play games!