Random gaming history facts out of the mind of Captain Harlock. I love studying gaming history here are some random thoughts. Let me know if you read this and I will do more latter.
1) Atari made 12 million copies of Pac Man when there were only 10 million Atari 2600 on the market. Total sales were around 7 million. Most of those were returned.
2) Pinball was banned in New York from January 21st, 1942 up until 1976
Updated- The mayor at the time (Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, as in LaGuardia airport) made a big spectacle by smashing up a large number of pinball machines in front of a fairly supportive crowd! The first pinball machines were to close to machine called "Pay-outs". These pay-out machines were used for gambling. At the time Pinball machines did not have the skill in them that they have now. It was not until 1947 did flippers get designed for pinball machines did skill become a factor. But still took until 1976 when Roger Sharpe went up tothe NYC City Council when they were having hearings on the ban. He said something to the effect of: "I can pull back this plunger and make the ball go into the lane I want at the top of the machine." He proceeded to plunge, make the lane, and right away they voted to end the ban.
3) Many expects said that the NES was doomed to fail due to the gimmick controller. The use of the d-pad was said to lead to the downfall of the NES. Well that and because gaming systems were a fad no one would buy them. So Nintendo packaged in ROB the robot and called it a Nintendo Entertainment center. ---- Fact the Wii which has gimmick controller just outsold the NES
4) Pac Man was the first game designed to target female gamers. Ms Pac-Man is the most successful arcade in America. International however the game failed.
5) How Pong came to be..Bushnell "one of Atari's owners" hired Al Alcorn but had nothing for him to do at the time. So Bushnell gave Alcorn an exercise to test him for another game, Bushnell was hopeing to design. Buchnell told Alcorn that they had got a contract to make a electronic game based on ping-pong. This had not been true it was all just a test. So Alcorn came up with the design which is now know as the first truly successful video game arcade.
6) The first video game arcade was based off an old game called Computer Space. Bill Nutting made 1,500 arcade machines, but not all of them sold and in the end the game was deemed to complex.
7) It was a better verison of Computer Space that Buchnell had originally wanted to have Alcorn help with after he proved himself with the small exercise of designing a ping-pong like game.