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Questions about the history of games, conventions, customs, traditions and gaming terms, and how they have developed over time.

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First ever game to alternate platforming or run-and-gun stages with scrolling shoot em up stages

Title pretty much covers it. I think the predecessor to Cybernator is the earliest I know (1990) but I wouldn't be surprised if there are earlier examples. I suspect the inspiration may have come from ...
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Is there a standardized rating system for game difficulty?

I was recently reading about the various game content rating systems in place in various areas of the world. When describing the PEGI system, Wikipedia observes, "The age rating does not indicate ...
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There are many video games which used movie tropes as gameplay elements , are there any movies which used tropes from games? [closed]

Since the mid-1970s many video games were released that used tropes from movies as gameplay elements. Are there any movies that use tropes that were initially created for games?
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Is Avenging Spirit the first game that features a possession gameplay mechanic?

I was recently playing an old arcade game named Avenging Spirit that has a main character that is kind of similar to Nintendo's Kirby. It features a "possession" game mechanic, where the ...
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Are there games that can legally share currencies between them? [closed]

Consider 2 games, A and B. In game A, I have 100 gold. I want to move that gold to game B. I have been scouring the internet for such a game; are there any games with at least similar mechanics?
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What is “Horse and Pony II”, created by the Battlefield devs (Refraction Games)?

Refraction Games were a company who famously developed "Codename Eagle", the precursor to modern Battlefield games. Shortly after its release, the developers were bought by DICE and went on ...
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How was it calculated that Dream cheated on his Minecraft v1.16 glitchless speedrun?

The speedrunner Dream has recently been accused of cheating in his Minecraft Java v1.16 glitchless speedrun. How did the Minecraft Java speedrunning mods calculate if Dream cheated?
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What examples of games break the fourth wall and direct the player to read the manual? [closed]

There are video games that break the fourth wall and talk directly to the gamer. The best example was always the TV show "Hugo" where you control the character with your telephone. He would ...
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Was return to castle wolfenstein ever released in Germany or Austria?

In countries were any type of Nazi imagery is outright banned how did a game like Return to castle Wolvenstein ever see a release?
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What was the first game to have a livestream mode to try to avoid legal issues?

Cyberpunk 2077 has an option to remove copyrighted music to (try to) avoid legal issues when live streaming: Was Cyberpunk 2077 the first game to have a livestream mode to try to avoid legal issues?
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Are there any non-fiction games? [closed]

There are fiction books like Harry Potter, and non-fiction books (like a Biology textbook for example), but I think all of the games I've ever played were fiction. So are there any non-fiction games?
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First platformer enemy to stun players by jumping?

In platformer games, there’s a fairly common trope/mechanic of an unusually heavy enemy that, when they land after jumping, stuns the player if they are on the ground. Examples include Sledge Brothers ...
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What games were released for the PS2 in China during the Console Ban? (if any)

This Kotaku article from 2013 mentions that: The PS2 didn't make its original launch date. Instead, Sony waited till 2004 to launch the PS2 in China. Even then, there were issues with game releases, ...
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What's the first game to feature sacrificing at altars as a general game mechanic?

In NetHack you can sacrifice sufficiently fresh corpses at altars for various benefits. Are there any earlier games where such sacrifices are a general game mechanic? Going by the TV Tropes page on ...
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What game came up with the Heart metaphor for health?

I'd like to know what game came up with hearts for showing the player's character's health. It's very common today in many games, but how did this come to be?
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Was SSI's isometric RPG “M” ever released?

Saw this waaaay back in the day in a FASA/SSI ad booklet that came in my Mechwarrior 2 box: Transcription: What is M? THE MOST VISUALLY STUNNING, TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED, INTRICATE AND COMPELLING ...
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How did Minecraft's Java/Bedrock split come to pass?

It's been a very long time since I've last touched Minecraft. Recently my interest was sparked again and to my surprise I've learned that now there are 2 dominant Minecraft versions: Java and Bedrock. ...
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Who was the first boss who had multiple HP bars?

It is commonplace in current video games that bosses, most likely final bosses, have multiple HP bars so that depleting one fully reveals another underneath, usually a different color, or sometimes ...
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Have videogames advanced technology? [closed]

I was reading about the PS5 and the new Xbox and it felt like game consoles improve themselves by using existing (high end) technology. This made me wonder if any new (at the time of creation) ...
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Why didn't the arcade machines keep on “scaling” as the years went by?

Growing up in the early to mid 1990s, visiting various arcades was truly fascinating. At home, the SNES already felt amazingly futuristic, and its games endlessly fascinated and impressed me. Yet, ...
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Which game first introduced the concept of weapon recoil?

Context This morning while watching a video of Wolfenstein 3D from 1992 and Doom (1993) I noticed that weapons don’t need to be compensated for any recoil. Then on my trip down memory lane I watched a ...
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Origin of game trope where you travel between similar realities to progress?

In the recent years, many games seem to use a trope where you travel between slightly different realities to progress, either as a core mechanic or in a single level. The examples I can think of are ...
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What is the first game to have first-person cutscenes where you can’t move the character but you can turn their head?

In many Bethesda-publisher games, such as Dishonored and Skyrim, you can move your head during cutscenes. Sometimes, the camera pulls you in a certain direction, like with the cutscenes with the ...
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Who made the game “Torus” in the 1990s?

I'm trying to find the publisher of a game from the early 1990s called "Torus". It was a 2d realtime puzzle game on DOS or Windows 3.x. Spinning rings of different colors fell from above onto spikes ...
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What is the origin of the standard color coding scheme for item rarity? [duplicate]

I recently started playing Hearthstone, and I realized I already knew the correct rarities of different cards without having it explained to me, because I'd seen it before. Stopping to think about it, ...
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What was the first console or handheld to have a user interface outside of games?

Consoles like the NES didn't have any sort of menus when not playing a game. Nowadays, however, stuff like the Switch and PS4 have all sorts of stuff built in: What was the first video game ...
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Did Game Boy emulation exist for the 486 era (MS-DOS and Windows 3.1)? [closed]

The title says it all: Did we have working emulators for the 486/MS-DOS era back then? Would a 486 be capable enough to run a Game Boy emulator? If so what were they like?
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Is Pearl the first Nintendo character to swear?

Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion has a song called "#$@%* Dudes Be #$@%* Sleepin", which was Pearl's demo before she joined Off The Hook. In it, Pearl earns a lengthy bleep to cover up some kind of ...
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Origin of the name “gaming console”

Why are they called "consoles"? AFAIK, In computing, the name "console" for machine interface came from the fact, that initially it was a literal console table with typewriter on it. But gaming ...
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What tools were used to analyze & challenge the records for Dragster?

I was reading an article on Polygon which was talking about a longstanding record for an Atari Game called Dragster. In the article it was talking about how people challenged the record by using "...
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Where did the Waluigi myth come from?

A while ago, I heard there was a myth about unlocking Waluigi as a playable character in the DS port of Super Mario 64. I've looked around the internet for the origin but all I can find are ROM hacks....
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Is there any truth to the myth of Polybius?

There is an old urban legend about an arcade game Polybius. An arcade machine that would have been made to be a government experiment, appeared just for a few days in a few arcades, and then some men ...
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Around what year did games go widescreen? [closed]

I am building a WinXP box to play games I have trouble with on Win10, and I am thinking of placing a 4:3 screen on it, as I didn't think games really supported widescreen until probably well after ...
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Where does the colour-coded item rarity come from?

In most new titles, especially RPGs, item rarity is colour coded in an easy to remember white-green-blue-purple-orange progression, sometimes with omissions (no green, no orange) or additions (extra ...
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What happened on September 24 1990 (or 1998) at 08:24?

I’ve just bought Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It’s a great game! Played through the first world already. There are retro pop culture references all over it! Anyway, in the opening scene there is ...
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What are Typing Jet and De La Jet Set Radio?

On the tag wiki page for jet-set-radio, I noticed that one of the listed platforms was java-micro-edition, with two Japanese only releases from 2001 under the names De La Jet Set Radio and Typing Jet. ...
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What is Blast processing?

Back in the Super Nintendo era, Sega's whole Marketing campaign hinged on one thing: Blast Processing. I don't think I've ever seen it explained. It was just "WE GOT IT AND NINTENDONT." So, What is ...
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What was the first Mario game that featured taking down Bowser with 3 hits?

In all of the Mario games I played (which are not that many), I have to take down Bowser with three hits. I was wondering which Mario game first had that specific gameplay mechanism, since it seems to ...
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Unsold Atari videogames dumped in a desert?

I've heard about a massive amount of Atari consoles and video game cartridges (most of them were unsold copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) buried in a sort of dump in the middle of a desert in the ...
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How did people discover the Konami Code?

Everybody knows it, everybody's done it, the famous Konami Code has been around for as long as cheat codes have existed, and is one of the most famous and well known cheat codes in history - most well ...
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Was the Atari 2600 the first home console to have a screen saver?

The Atari 2600 had a screen saver feature, where the colors of objects in the screen were randomly changed. Was it the first home console to have such feature, if not who holds the title?
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Where does the term “quick time event” come from?

I know what the term quick time event means and that one of the first usages of the gameplay element was in Dragon's Lair, but I don't know why they are called that. Was that the term used by Dragon's ...
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How were cheats for the GTA games on PC found?

I Googled around a lot but came across only 1 such example where some guy tried combinations (permutations?) on his PS2 controller. But that does not give me the reason how the ones on PC are found. ...
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When were achievements, especially their timestamps, introduced to Steam?

I need to know for a project centered around achievements, furthermore the date they were unlocked. I want to mitigate the fact that some achievements before a certain date had no timestamps for ...
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What is the etymology of the term “Console Wars”?

(After this discussion on Meta, the question has been undeleted.) As we know today, there is a competition between the holy trinity of the console gaming industry (Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft) about ...
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Why does the original Game Boy support four shades of grey? [closed]

Why does the Game Boy specifically support four shades of grey, why not three or five? Is there something about the hardware that made four colours optimal? Was there a precedent to using four shades ...
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How do people discover cheat codes in games?

Cheat codes are programmed into some games by developers. As an example: Have you ever played International Super Star Soccer 64? Well this game had several codes that would unlock new teams, give the ...
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What factors contributed to E.T's reputation as a bad game?

According to a documentary on Atari called Game Over it is stated that "ET" is the worst video game ever made. Why is that? I played the game when it was released, and although very young, I ...
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What sort of hardware was used to transfer Mew at Pokemon Red & Blue worldwide events?

Many years ago when Pokemon Red / Blue was immensely popular, I attended a Pokemon tour in Melbourne. For attending you got a showbag with a Pikachu trading card (with a gold logo stamped in the top ...
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Origin of achievements

Achievements have become pretty standard in games (and other gamified content, like Stack Exchange) these days. However, they definitely weren’t part of “classic” gaming, in the arcade/8-bit/16-bit ...