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What kind of creature is Pac-Man?

A pizza with a slice missing It is reported[1] that the creator of Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani: ...imagined something different, a video game that looked and felt like a cartoon. Inspiration struck, as it ...
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Why didn't the Normandy crew experience time dilation?

Let's figure out how much time dilation they might have experienced. To begin with, we need the mass of the black hole. Generously assuming it's Sagittarius A* and not some other (most likely ...
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How did GLaDOS open portals in the beginning?

This is an Autoportal, also described as a 'Portal Spawner' in the official game level creator. The mechanic isn't described, but the Autoportal has two bars on either side that appear to emit one ...
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Are the pipes in the Mario series made by Mario as tunnel entries to infiltrate Bowser's kingdom or are they a normalcy?

According to the Nintendo authorised comic Super Mario Bros. Special Edition #1, the tunnel network of warp pipes was created by the former inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom, mice.
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What is Princess Zelda's full name?

Assuming she follows the same patterning as her relative (King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule) her full name and title would be Princess Zelda Hyrule. That being said, her name is given in all of the games ...
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Why are Vortigaunts violent in Half Life 1, but peaceful in Half Life 2?

Vortigaunts in Half-Life 1 are an enslaved (or merely subservient) species ruled by the Nihilanth after they were driven from their homeworld by the Combine. The green collars they wear in Half-Life 1 ...
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What Happened to the Dwemer?

No one knows what happened to the Dwemer, it's one of the biggest mysteries of the Elder Scrolls universe. If you play through the game Morrowind, you will learn just about everything we know about ...
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Why does Luke Skywalker use a green lightsaber in Star Wars Battlefront?

Luke's blue lightsaber was lost when Vader removed his hand in Cloud City. The outfit he uses in the Battlefront beta is the outfit he wears at the beginning of Return of the Jedi, complete with green ...
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How did the Mario Brothers discover/enter the Mushroom Kingdom?

The original backstory for Super Mario Bros is laughably short. Mario heard that the Mushroom Kingdom was in danger and set out on a quest to free it. No information is given about his mode of ...
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Can you identify this game from 1991 or before?

This is "X Multiply," a side-scrolling shoot-em-up released by Irem (perhaps best known from another stylistically similar shooter series, "R-Type") in 1989. The characteristic &...
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Old 1990's point and click game, first person adventure, odd story

Sounds like Amerzone (1999) by Benoît Sokal: Like the comic, the game tells the story of a French explorer, Alexandre Valembois, who goes on an expedition to the mysterious South American country ...
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Why can't Zerg use Terran technology?

Although it is never shown that Zerg use Terran technology, nothing speaks against them being able to do it. At least their "leader" types are very intelligent and thus should be able to use Terran ...
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Creepy dinosaur pc game identification

Lost Eden From MobyGames: Lost Eden is an adventure game set on an eerie planet populated with dinosaurs. Your civilisation is menaced. Armies of Tyranns, led by Moorkus Rex, are gathering around ...
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NES game with town building between RPG/Hack-and-slash levels

Reminds me of a Super NES game called Actraiser. Are you sure you weren't thinking of a SNES game? You play some kind of god that can come down to Earth to smite evil in a very personal way. You also ...
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Is there any canon evidence of a second "One Ring?"

Almost certainly made up for the game Celebrimbor made three Rings of Power for the Elves (the three Elven Rings worn by Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel at the time of the War of the Ring). However none ...
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Does Mario actually like mushrooms?

According to Paper Mario he finds normal (magic) mushrooms bland and uninteresting. Presumably he only eats them in-game for their magical and restorative effects. For the record he finds volt ...
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Why can't Zerg use Terran technology?

Zerg are capable of using Terran technology, and it was shown to happen on multiple occasions: This is an Apocalisk, which is an Ultralisk with integrated Terran Thor armour, courtesy of Alexei ...
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Who is this red coated magician in “Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems”?

I believe that is Dr. Strange with the look he had in the comics circa 1996, the year the game was released. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Vol 1 #82 This page lists him as having a cameo in the ...
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Video Game where you control a woman (an acrobat?) in early 1900s Europe who can interact with shadows

As I was writing the last sentence of my question, another "C" title came to mind, Contrast. The game is set in a noir atmosphere aesthetically inspired by Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau. The ...
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Computer Game - Opens with meeting a famous person and chasing a robber who vanishes using magic

This sounds very much like the prologue sequence of Myst III: Exile. You were greeted by Katran (Catherine from the original Myst games), holding their daughter Yeesha, and were visiting Atrus (who ...
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Are the pipes in the Mario series made by Mario as tunnel entries to infiltrate Bowser's kingdom or are they a normalcy?

Pipes appear in Yoshi's Island 2 (example), where Mario is but a baby. Pipes also appear in Super Mario Galaxy (1 & 2) in galaxies that Mario is only seeing for the first time. Therefore, it wasn'...
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Spaceship chess game identification

This is Battleboard (1998). Basically chess, except that when you lose a piece, you enter a... ...real-time one-on-one space battle with the two pieces in question to decide who wins. ...
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How did the Mario Brothers discover/enter the Mushroom Kingdom?

It would seem that any origin plot, if any, can only be derived from cross-referencing the various games. As Valorum already said, the original NES/Famicom Super Mario Bros. game didn't provide many ...
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Is Mario killing people when he smashes bricks?

There seems to be two answers if I google the question. One is that yes Mario is a murder and the other is not on your nelly! View one seems to be this widely spread and well known theory which has ...
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Is there any meaningful material in "Witcher" canon that requires playing games?

Games are unofficial continuation of the books and technically not canon. They were made after most of the books and Sapkowski didn't even play them, much less helped in their creation. You won't lose ...
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Why does Carmen Sandiego steal?

So, according to the Wikipedia article on Carmen Sandiego, she is a "Gentleman thief" and she steals only for the challenge of it. She often describes her schemes and the user/protagonists attempts ...
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In Half Life 2, why is the game logo the symbol of the resistance?

The symbol was not only the game-logo in the first game either. In fact it makes various appearances in Black Mesa, first and foremost on Gordon Freeman's HEV suit itself. But there's also the Lambda ...
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How does a medic unit heal someone in Starcraft?

This is addressed in the game's tie-in Field Manual. What you've described as a "beam" in fact contains 'attenuating lasers' (presumably to cauterise wounds) as well as acting as a transport for '...
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Touchscreen-controlled dentist office snowman collector game

This is Megatouch Games' Feeding Frosty. Unfortunately, the products that played this game (the Merit Megatouch Countertop Touchscreen range) are now discontinued. ...
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