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One of the most influential games ever actually embraced processor lag—and it became an extremely popular game mechanic!

While programming the iconic game Space Invaders, the game's creator Tomohiro Nishikado discovered that the fewer aliens on the screen, the faster the processer was able to render them. This meant that as the player destroyed more of them, the remaining aliens would move faster. Another way to look at this is the processer being burdened and lagging towards the beginning of the game and being freed up as you get further.

Instead of changing things around to keep the speed consistent, Nishikado decided to just leave it the way it was as a challenging gameplay mechanic. In other words Nishikado, quite by accident, created a game which increased in difficulty as you progressed, an idea that almost all modern games utilize.

Today, Space Invaders is viewed as one of the most influential games of all time. Up until the release of the classic shooter in 1978, video games were just virtual representations of something else. Space Invaders was also the first shooter in which the enemies fired back. On top of that, the game popularized the idea of high scores as well, as it was the first to save a player's score.

Possibly even more importantly, multiple well-known game developers have stated that the game is what got them interested in video games in the first place. Among these developers is Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of classics such as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox.

Those are just some of the many influences Space Invaders has had on the world of video games. Indeed, it has quite the resume. Who knows where video games would be without it.


A 19-year-old managed to squat in the AOL office for 2 months! Find out how he got away with it!

Like the majestic but mysterious chameleon, you too can slip past watchful eyes and get the most out of your surroundings, free of of charge. All you have to do is act like you belong and blend in. That's exactly what 19-year-old Eric Simons did for a couple months of free rent.

He's a Chicago entrepreneur who participated in AOL's K12 program that helps incubate up and coming tech minds. However, when the program ended, he learned that the badges still worked for the Palo Alto office, granting him access anywhere. He decided that's where he would set up camp while he worked on his startup.

He was able to pull it off by sleeping on a couch outside of the night guard's path, work until everyone was out of the office, hit the office's gym at 7a.m. And used the shower when everyone started to show up (he got in really good shape since this was essential), and spending only $30 in his first month.

Eventually a guard caught on and he was kicked out at 6 a.m. One morning. AOL's response was "It was always our intention to facilitate entrepreneurial-ism in the Palo Alto office—we just didn't expect it to work so well."


Neo from 'The Matrix' could stop bullets, but he couldn't even kick during martial arts training for the movie! Learn more

Keanu Reeves, the actor who played Neo in 'The Matrix' underwent surgery for a two-level fusion of his cervical spine before filming the movie. The fusion was slowly paralyzing his legs and due to this, he couldn't kick for half of the pre-production training. This resulted in him not kicking much during the film.

Although Reeves was still recovering from his surgery during pre-production, he insisted on training. The martial arts choreographer for the film Yuen Woo-ping let him practice punches and lighter moves, but Reeves was physically unable to kick for two of the four months. Despite the setback, the actor trained hard and even requested training on his off days.

During the dojo scene, Reeves was required to perform a triple kick but was unable to do so at first which frustrated him greatly. He tried again a few days later and succeeded in only three takes. During that scene the actors made significant physical contact with each other which resulted in bruising.

There were other physical injuries during the filming as well, such as Reeves' stunt double Chad Stahelski who received broken ribs, knees, and a dislocated shoulder while filming the subway scene. Another stuntman was injured by a hydraulic puller during a shot where Neo was slammed into a booth. Carrie-Anne Moss, who played Trinity, injured her leg during a scene where she runs along a wall as well.

With all the fast paced fighting that goes on in the movie, it's a marvel that Reeves was able to do so much after receiving such a major surgery. It shows the dedication he had for the role. But really, who needs to kick when you can stop bullets?


15 Facts You Didn't Know About Nintendo's Mario Series

If you wait long enough in Super Mario Bros. 3, chain-chomps will break free!

Video games are all about making it to the next level. The more you play, the more you come to know the game and the better you get. By discovering the quirks and secrets of the game, you earn your way to the top.

Since the dawn of the Internet, however, many forums share secrets of popular video games. One such video game is Mario Brothers. Since it’s most basic form, Mario Brothers has been a well-liked game.

So what’s one of its secrets? It has to do with the Chain Chomps. While you may think they can never break free of their chains, you would be wrong.

After 47 lunges, their chains will start flashing, and after 50 lunges, they will break free of the chains. So for the next time you’re playing, now you know to be prepared.


Sean Connery could have been Gandalf!

For many people Sean Connery was the perfect and logical choice to play Gandalf before it was known that Ian McKellen would play him. In fact, it was reported that Peter Jackson even offered him the role, but he turned it down.

His reason was that he'd never read the J.R.R. Tolkien book and that he didn't understand the script. By turning it down, he lost out on 15% of worldwide receipts from the movie. That would have earned Connery as much as $400 million!

What do you think? Would Sean Connery have made a better Gandalf than Ian McKellen? 



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