Sick of playing video games? Of course, you aren’t, but we bet you can’t play a video game this very moment or you wouldn’t be wasting your time reading (nerd alert) instead of tapping arrows (cool jock move). So, instead of blowing up pixels of bad guys, why not read a few fun facts about your favorite way to pass your limited life on this planet? After all, the amazing developers spent a lot of time creating that game you’ll only play through once, so you might as well spend a few moments appreciating their effort through a quick trivia fact.

A lot of outstanding gaming achievements came about as accidents or last-minute decisions. For example, the iconic and groundbreaking GoldenEye 007 multiplayer mode was created in a month without the executives at Nintendo or Rare knowing about it. More on that and 30 other facts about video games you probably didn't know: 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim lets players identify the dragon in the introduction...if they get close enough

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM LETS PLAYERS IDENTIFY THE DRAGON IN THE INTRODUCTION, IF THEY CAN GET CLOSE ENOUGH. CRACKED COM In the opening cinematic of Skyrim, a dragon begins to wreak havoc and allows you to escape execution. Getting close enough to the dragon will show his name on your HUD, revealing he is Alduin, the harbinger of the apocalypse throughout the Elder Scrolls series.

The Gamer

Street Fighter was born during a dull meeting.

STREET FIGHTER WAS BORN DURING A DULL MEETING. 100 STATEST FRIENTER Capcom programmer Takashi Nishiyama was getting really bored during a long meeting, so he started thinking about martial arts games, and the boss fights in those games, and wouldn't it be cool to make a game that was all about those boss fights. CRACKED.COM

Polygon

The Doomguy's grunt of pain is a dude taking a dump

The Doomguy's grunt of pain is a dude taking a dump. Most of the iconic Doom sounds are stock effects, often creatively edited - demon growls are usually animal sounds, but the cacodemon dying sounds like roller blades, of all things. And when the Doomguy takes damage, a snippet is played of a man straining himself on a toilet. DOOM 46 73% 2 3 9 186% 7 41 6 AMMO HEALTH ARMS ARMOR CRACKED.COM

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Pokemon GO made people hunt for monsters literally everywhere.

Pokemon GO made people hunt for monsters literally everywhere. 35 GRACKED COM The gaming phenomenon caused people to break laws like trespassing and loitering, and various venues (like holocaust museums) ended up banning it.

USA Today

You could fit all the game developers of Pokemon Blue and Red into a minivan

BEHIND-THE-SCENES SFACTS YOU COULD FIT ALL THE GAME DEVELOPERS INTO A MINIVAN. Ken Sugimori Junichi Masuda Koji Nishino art director composer planner Shigeki Morimoto Tetsuya Watanabe GRACKED.COM programmer programmer It took 6 years with a team of only 8 to bring the original game to life. By comparison, it took 100 individuals to make Let's Go: Pikachu & Eevee, an updated retelling of the first generation of games for the Nintendo Switch.

Polygon

The Gamecube V2 Keyboard Controller was probably the most difficult-to-hold controller

Gamecube V2 Keyboard Controller CRACKED.COM Finally Gamecube players have the ability to swear at others in online chat. They just need the most difficult-to-hold controller possible to do it.

Kotaku

"No More Heroes" wants you to erect a sword.

No More Heroes wants you to erect a sword. 1 . CRACKED.COM The Wii game, unusually horny for a Nintendo release, has more than a few suggestive portions. The most egregious is one you can't avoid, which charges Travis' beam katana by vigorously pumping the Wiimote, causing the limp weapon to become rigid.

Destructoid

Capcom was against mirror matches

CAPCOM WAS AGAINST MIRROR MATCHES. STREET FIGHTER Why would anyone want to play the same character? the top brass said when the American team pitched the idea. Meanwhile, players were frustrated they couldn't do exactly that. The idea got traction eventually, though, and Street Fighter II: Champion Edition came out. CRACKED.COM

Polygon

This game actually hurt people who sucked at it.

This game actually hurt people who sucked at it. CRACKED.COM The PainStation, a German creation, is a two-player Pong-like game. Players can get shocked, whipped, or burned by the console.

Wired

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