I'm really honored to welcome my guests Jon Harrison and Chris Kohler to the show this week.
The two of them have forgotten more video game trivia that I've ever known. When I saw the opportunity to have them go head to head in a Trivial Warfare Video Game Showdown episode I jumped at the opportunity. Both guys are class acts and did a great job. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I’ve never met Chris in person but I feel like I know him very well. He’s one of the gang over at www.goodjobbrain.com. This is one of my favorite podcasts and was actually the show that inspired me to start Trivial Warfare. He’s also part of the crew over at www.wired.com and is the host of their Game|Life Podcast which you can find here. You can also find his book Power Up here.
Warm It Up Chris
I’ve pulled a list of the highest revenue generating arcade games of all time from usgamer.net. The data was updated in 2015. I want you to go back and forth telling me arcade games that are in the top 10 all time in terms of revenue earned.
10. Donkey Kong - $280 Million
9. Mortal Kombat - $570 Million
8. Mortal Kombat 2 - $600 Million
7. Asteroids - $800 Million
6. Defender – $1 Billion
5. NBA Jam - $1.1 Billion
4. Ms. Pac Man - $1.2Billion
3. Street Fighter 2 – Champion Edition – $2.312 Billion
2. Space Invaders - $2.7 Billion
1. Pac Man – $3.5 Billion
Sam Fisher is the protagonist for what popular videogame series?
What level in the first Super Mario Brother game was the first to feature flying cheep cheeps?
John Carmack and John Romero were two of the 4 founders of which video game development company.
Team Fortress Classic was released in 1999 as a mod for what popular game?
In which country was Tetris originally developed?
Russia – Developed by Alexey Pajitnov
Hand Held Game Systems
What was the name of Sega’s hand held gaming system released in the early 90’s to compete with the ubiquitous Nintendo Game Boy?
The Sega Game Gear
In the original Atari 2600 version of the game Pitfall what was the main character’s name?
Want to know what it looks like when you beat Pitfall? Here it is…kind of anticlimactic eh?
What was the first video game to feature the Konami Code?
Gradius for the NES
Bonus 1 point – Recite the Konami Code
What popular female actress played Marian in the 1994 Double Dragon Movie?
Excluding Mike Tyson – Little Mac fights 10 different unique characters. You get 2 points for each of the characters you can name. You have a 2 minute time limit.
This is tri-bond. I’m going to name 3 games and you have to tell me what game studio they were all created by: Baldur’s Gate – Jade Empire – Dragon Age: Origins
Within 1 year either way, what year was the first John Madden Football game released?
1988 for PC
What weapon is used to kill Andrew Ryan in the game Bio-shock?
A golf club (putter)
What video game was featured on the cover of Nintendo Power #1?
Super Mario Bros 2
Who played Bison in the Street Fighter Movie starring Jean Claude Van Damme?
Raul Julia (of Addams Family fame) This was his last movie
Who is the only character featured on the cover of every game in the Twisted Metal Series?
In Nintendo’s original Donkey Kong arcade game we all know that the ape was Donkey Kong, and the hero’s name was Mario, but what was the name of the girl that Mario was trying to rescue?
Pauline (Lady is acceptable)
Here’s Pauline. Hubba Hubba!
What was the best-selling PC game of all time until The Sims took the title in 2002?
Within 1 year either way, tell me what year Duke Nukem Forever was originally announced as being under development.
1997. It was eventually released in 2011.
Here’s a Wikipedia article delaying the development and delay of Duke Nukem Forever. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_of_Duke_Nukem_Forever
There are 6 characters who have appeared as playable characters in every console version of Mario Kart (including DS). Name them
Bowser, Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Princess Peach
The trick here is Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong appears in every game except for the very first one. Donkey Kong Jr. was the character in that one.
Wario also appears in all games except for the first one.