Video games tend to engulf us with gameplay that mystifies us, stories that thrill and amaze us along with characters that forever live in our memory. There are quite a few facts and hidden stories behind all the games we have enjoyed and cherished. Here are few said intriguing facts.

Sonic Hedgehog the game has inspired a gene in the human body known as SHH. It is responsible for ensuring all our vital organs and limbs grow where they are supposed to.

Everybody thinks playing video games is useless. However, studies indicate that surgeons who regularly play video games make 37 percent fewer mistakes and operate 27 percent faster than their peers.

If you have ever pitied the legendary Rockstar’s GTA for gaining all the negative reviews and comments, don’t be. Why? Since Rockstar gets paid to earn all negative press for its GTA series.

The creator of the Game Boy, Gunpei Yokoi had worked as a janitor in Nintendo. He made an extending arm to get rid of boredom. It later caught the attention of Nintendo’s president and ultimately became a super successful toy.

Taito’s arcade game, Space Invaders, was hugely successful in Japan. It was so successful that it is rumored to have caused a shortage of 100 yen coins.

Donkey Kong got its name because Miyamoto thought the word donkey meant stupid in the English language.

In South Korea, the game Starcraft is so famous that top gamers earn a considerable salary and various prizes to play the game at multiple competitions.

Xbox was initially named as DirectX Box with reference to Microsoft’s graphics API, DirectX.

The creator of Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri got the idea for the world super successful game after he began collecting caterpillars and watching them grow and change into butterflies as a young child.

 

In Japan, the game Dragon Quest was so popular that it was considered unlawful to release the game on weekdays because it resulted in young school children bunking their classes while adults are taking sick leaves to go play the game.

It is for the fact that the game Starcraft was the first game to be played in space. Daniel Barry had taken a copy of the game along with him on the Space Shuttle mission STS-96 in 1999.

South Korea has a rule called Cinderella Law which prohibits gamers below 16 years of age to play online video games after midnight.