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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 so often does, while he was eating a pizza. Noting that a pizza pie with one slice removed resembled an open-mouthed head, Iwatani had a vision: an animated ...


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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 smaller) black hole, we have about 4 million solar masses to play with. That gives us a Schwarzschild radius of about 10 million kilometers. This is the radius of ...


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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 are evidence of this slavery.


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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 and additional materials as simply Princess Zelda, so it's far more likely that her name is a mononym and that her full name (including formal title) is "...


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The Fallout universe is intended to be a purely fictional representation of what people in the 1950s thought the future was going to look like. As such, there's no "explanation" for why culture stayed that way other than that's how people in the 50's lived: The Fallout world is much like Torg - physics and natural laws are not the same as in our universe, ...


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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 lightsaber. As to why Dice chose to use this particular costume, I'm not entirely sure. Thematically, at the Battle of Hoth, Luke was in a standard orange ...


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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 the Dwemer and what happened to them. The rest you can find in scattered in-game books. Basically, back in the First Era (~3500ish years ago) there were no ...


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from popcap Plants vs. Zombies readme : Nobody knows exactly what eldritch force or demented science allowed the dead to rise from their graves and walk. What we do know is that the resulting creature, popularly termed a "Zombie," is a restless, mindless, tireless being driven by nothing other than its hunger for brains. Your brains, to be precise. ...


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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 transport to the Kingdom, nor whether he lives in the magical world normally or traveled there from the human world. OBJECT OF THE GAME/GAME DESCRIPTION One ...


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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 of Amerzone. There, he discovers many fantastical animals including a species of magical White Birds, who require human intervention for their survival. These ...


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Cave Johnson makes a reference to the White Gel being made of crushed moon rocks, which make a great portal conductor, indicating that the moon itself can also be portal-able. From the Unofficial Portal Wiki: According to Cave Johnson, conversion gel is made from ground-up moon rocks, which make a great portal conductor. This is shown when Chell fires ...


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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 technology (at least if there are no genetic locks). So, even though they should be able to use it, they wouldn't do it anyway as they don't need to use Terran ...


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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 your kingdom. Soon they will swarm in, destroy everything and kill your people. However, there is a single hope. There are legends telling that several ...


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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 of them was a second "One Ring to rule them all". In those days the smiths of Ost-in-Edhil surpassed all that they had contrived before; and they took ...


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From the wikipedia: Nishikado drew inspiration for the aliens from H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds—he had watched the 1953 film adaptation as a child—and created initial bitmap images after the octopus-like aliens. Other alien designs were modeled after squids and crabs. It doesn't seem like they have a backstory other than being chosen by the creator ...


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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 mushrooms tart, fried mushrooms uninteresting and sweet 'shroom cake to be "Yummy", so I guess it depends on the variety of mushroom and the way it's prepared. ...


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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 Stukov, an Infested Terran Infested Marines Use their armour and their guns Infested bunkers Not sure how much technology is going on in there, but they work ...


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Black Mesa and Aperture Science, the two focal science companies of the Half-life and Portal series exist in the same in-game biverse and, at one point vied for research funding. The Borealis (containing some Aperture Science portal technology) is sought out by the resistance (remnants of Black Mesa and newly freed citizens) for various means. If you wander ...


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This chart, translated from one found in the Japan released only Hyrule Historia, shows the full timeline of the Legend of Zelda series. All of the games are intended to be in the same universe with several divergent timelines. It has never been fully explained, but much of the in-game mythology as explained in Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker strongly ...


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Chell's backstory has to be inferred from content in the game, as very little is made explicit. We know from Valve's pre Portal 2 Comic "Lab Rat" that Doug Ratmann placed her at the top of the testing queue because GladOS had previously rejected her as being unsuitable for testing due to excessive tenacity, but this tells us little about her origins. ...


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Since you didn't ask for in-universe explanation, I will answer with 2 words: Fan Service. The term originated in Anime/Manga, and usually means "Gratuitous display of characters in skimpy clothing, or none at all, under the assumption that it will attract or reward' viewers"


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I think the confusion comes from the difference between the Sith Empire as an establishment and Sith as a practice. In the main Star Wars universe (that is seen in the movies), Sith is the opposite of Jedi. Jedi = good, Sith = bad. But you must remember that originally the Sith was an empire, an institution that existed with formal structure. This ...


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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 Complex that Gordon enters later on (from where he gets teleported to Xen), that employs this symbol as its logo, too. If we then set this in relation to the ...


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The idea of a genetic or racial memory is very old. The first literary reference to it that I can find in fiction is from J. R. R. Tolkien, who explores the idea of a linguistic race memory in The Lost Road and The Notion Club Papers, and speculates about the real world in English and Welsh. Prior to that, Carl Jung talks about it in great detail in ...


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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 to stop them as being a game, which they ironically are, regularly gloating that she is impossible to capture or that her plans are infallible and acting as ...


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It would seem that any origin-plot, if any, can only be derived from cross-referencing the various game. As Valorum already said, the original NES/Famicom Super Mario Bros game didn't give out many details - we just know that Mario set out to save the Mushroom Kingdom and Princess ---Toadstool--- Peach, but we don't really know were he came from. This plot ...


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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 'nano-conveyed anesthetics', 'chemical modifiers' and nanobots capable of 'cellular hyper-repair'.


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