Video game trivia questions, anyone?
April 18, 2006 12:44 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to put together a list of good video game trivia questions.

Difficulty: Along the lines of "Japan's version of Super Mario Brothers 2 made its U.S. appearance in what video game?" Answer: Super Mario All Stars (The Lost Levels).

Preferably focused around more well-known games. Questions video game nerd friends of mine would know or have to pause to think about. Any good ones come to mind?
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Order the following items based on the order of their appearence in World 1-1: A mushroom, a goomba, a coin, a pipe, and a coin block.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:46 PM on April 18, 2006 [1 favorite]


↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A?
posted by interrobang at 12:49 PM on April 18, 2006


what were the names and nicknames of the ghosts/monsters in Pac Man?
posted by mikepop at 12:50 PM on April 18, 2006


I remember Bill Gates did one of these charity quiz things where a question was "What does Sega stand for?" Answer: SErvice GAmes.
posted by bobo123 at 12:50 PM on April 18, 2006


How did you get into the hidden room in Adventure for the Atari 2600?
posted by mikepop at 12:56 PM on April 18, 2006


What SEGA Dreamcast game was days away from final testing being completed, but was never released in the US due to September 11, 2001?
posted by mikepop at 12:58 PM on April 18, 2006


What was the name of the video game shown is Soylent Green?
Computer Space
Who was it's creator?
Nolan Bushnell
posted by doctor_negative at 12:58 PM on April 18, 2006


Name of the main bad guy in Contra?

Who is Error?

Location of the warp flutes in SMB3?
posted by loquax at 12:58 PM on April 18, 2006


Uh... maybe you should all write the answers to your questions, too...

Just a thought.
posted by reklaw at 1:00 PM on April 18, 2006


Name the progression of mounted units in Civ4 (or Civ3, or whichever Civ you like).
posted by COBRA! at 1:00 PM on April 18, 2006


Who did the animated sequences for Drangon's Lair/Space Ace?
posted by mikepop at 1:00 PM on April 18, 2006


Uh... maybe you should all write the answers to your questions, too...

Just a thought.
posted by reklaw at 3:00 PM CST on April 18 [!]


Coddling the weak will get us nowhere.
posted by COBRA! at 1:01 PM on April 18, 2006


What year was Tetris originally released? (1985, 1989 for the gameboy)

What is generally acknowledged as the first first person shooter? (Ultima Underworld)

What was the original name for the Sierra released game "Quest for Glory." (Hero's Quest)

Bonus: What was the name of the product which caused the change in name? (Hero Quest - a MB [?] boardgame)

How many people worked on the original 'Prince of Persia?" (One, Jordan Mechner)
posted by PurplePorpoise at 1:01 PM on April 18, 2006


Uh... maybe you should all write the answers to your questions, too...

But then how could everyone play along? :) Most of these are easily Googled (if anyone wants answers to any I post, contact info in email)
posted by mikepop at 1:02 PM on April 18, 2006


(in profile)
posted by mikepop at 1:03 PM on April 18, 2006


It would be handy to know whether the questions will be posed with or without a chance to research (i.e. use google). Assuming from the example that you're focusing on American console gaming of the mid-90's, here's a couple.

What special processing power did Sega claim its Genesis console had?

In what title did Mario wield a firearm?

Which character from another video game made a cameo in Clay Fighter 63 1/3?

What was the code to activate blood in the Genesis version of Mortal Kombat?

Be sure to have all the answers be very cut and dried, nothing like "What was the first platforming game created?" where the answer is even vaguely debatable, because video-game enthusiasts will argue about it.
posted by Durhey at 1:06 PM on April 18, 2006


Limited to any particular platform? Genre? Era?

Good ones would perhaps revolve around the end-sequence of popular games - for example, in what game outro did the screen fill with static, and after a few moments shrink down to a bright dot at the centre of the screen? (Xenon 2: Megablast; make it easier by asking who wrote the music for it - Bomb the Bass)

Other stuff you could use - things like the company that produced classics such as Lode Runner (Broderbund), the film that Star Raiders 2 was originally developed to tie in with (The Last Starfighter), what was the origin of Team 17 - the brains behind classics such as Worms, Project X, etc. (they were a Public Domain software distributor called 17-bit software), in what classic Amiga game by Acid Software could you race using Cows, Caravans and biplanes, amongst other odd vehicles (Skidmarks).

You could make this as hard or easy as you like - but only you will know what your friends will be able to manage, and what is totally impossible for them to answer. Your best resource is your own experience with computer games, to be quite fair. We could sit here and suggest daft things like the number of points for a gold brick in the original Arkanoid, or how many different "worlds" there are in Titan Attacks... but nobody but the suggester would be any the wiser!

Not sure if this helps at all... :-)
posted by Chunder at 1:06 PM on April 18, 2006


In Centipede, what were the possible point values for the Spider?
posted by mikepop at 1:07 PM on April 18, 2006


Who killed Gou Hibiki?

If my taxes pay Mike Haggar's salary, what city do I live in?

Give me the name of each character's pet dog: Megaman, Galford, Rinoa Heartilly.

"Do you know why we stopped the car?"
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:10 PM on April 18, 2006


What happens in Defender when your score crosses 990,000 points?
posted by plinth at 1:14 PM on April 18, 2006


Who set us up the bomb?
posted by COBRA! at 1:14 PM on April 18, 2006


How do you get the fireworks in SMB?
What was the name of the Japanese version of what became SMB2?
How do you get the pirate ship to appear in SMB3?
What was the first game in which Luigi was a playable character and Mario was not?
posted by Plutor at 1:16 PM on April 18, 2006


Name three of the cousins you can collect in Katamari Damacy.

(I was feeling too old with all the Pac Man era questions)
posted by mikepop at 1:19 PM on April 18, 2006


How many playable levels are there in the original arcade version of Pac-Man? What's the highest possible score?
posted by Plutor at 1:19 PM on April 18, 2006


What is the name of the last guy in Half-Life?
posted by Plutor at 1:20 PM on April 18, 2006


What was Pac-Man originally called in Japan and why was the name changed for the U.S. release?

What was the first arcade game to use polygons?

Put these in order: orange, key, bell, grapes, apple, orange, cherries, strawberry, Galxian-spaceship-looking-thing
posted by bondcliff at 1:21 PM on April 18, 2006


Not cheating, these are questions off the top of my head, so someone can be expected to actually know them (Nintendo-heavy):

Who designed the sound hardware for Donkey Kong? (Hiro "Hip" Tanaka)

How many sides does the slot in a Nintendo screw have? (Three)

What was the first game using the Super FX chip? (Starfox)

What effect is used in both F-Zero and 7th Saga? (Mode 7)

What was the name of Howard's friend in the Nintendo Power comic? (Nester)

What phrase introduces Bubble Bobble? ("Now it is beginning of a fantastic story")

Where are all the heart pieces in Link to the Past? (answer elided for space)
posted by sonofsamiam at 1:23 PM on April 18, 2006


A lot of good ones so far but please include answers (yes I am weak and need to be coddled, plus it will save me precious minutes that I could use to google answers to other random crap I have to figure out during the day). Those answering won't have access to google.

No limit to genre or era.
posted by starman at 1:23 PM on April 18, 2006


Do a Name That Tune with:

(1) Gyruss
(2) Scramble (the power-up music)
(3) Space Invaders gronk-gronk noises
(4) Asteroids
(5) Ms. Pac-Man

etc etc
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 1:23 PM on April 18, 2006


You could also do some Pictionary-type games where people have to draw characters
posted by mikepop at 1:28 PM on April 18, 2006


Answers? No problem.

Who killed Gou Hibiki?
Sagat

If my taxes pay Mike Haggar's salary, what city do I live in?
Metro City

Give me the name of each character's pet dog: Megaman, Galford, Rinoa Heartilly.
Rush, Poppy, Angelo

"Do you know why we stopped the car?"
"You forgot to close the door," or "Do I know why we stopped the car?"
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:30 PM on April 18, 2006


You are in a dark place. What is it that is about to eat you?
posted by sciencejock at 1:33 PM on April 18, 2006


Answers to mine:

Civ 3:
Horseman/Knight/Cavalry

Civ4: Chariot/Horse Archer/Knight/Cavalry/Gunship

----

And I believe it was somebody who set us up the bomb.
posted by COBRA! at 1:41 PM on April 18, 2006


Name the main character in Wolfenstein 3D (BJ Blazkowicz)

Name the three AIs in Bungie's Marathon series (Leela, Durandal, and Tycho)
posted by rabbitsnake at 1:42 PM on April 18, 2006


PurplePorpoise: Hovertank 3D came out a year before Ultima Underworld (and Wolfenstein 3D).

Answers linked:
1) The company famous for making Cabbage Patch Kids also made what video game system?
2) What hand-held game console came out in 1979, 10 years before Nintendo's Gameboy?
3) What company made the only official licensed arcade games based on Dungeons & Dragons?
4) What was the first third-party publisher for the Atari 2600?
5) What was the name of the second game in the Prince of Persia series?
6) What puzzle game was a breakthrough hit for the development company that would become Rockstar North?
posted by CrunchyFrog at 1:47 PM on April 18, 2006 [1 favorite]


I'll bite, in which game did Mario have a firearm?
posted by starman at 1:48 PM on April 18, 2006


Flagged COBRA!'s AYBABTU question as fantastic. Here are some more suggestions:

What's the full name of the security guard in Half Life? (Barney Calhoun)

What was the cheat code in Doom that gave you full ammo, keys and armour? (IDKFA)

Who created Deux Ex? (Warren Spector)

(this probably reveals more about my particular gaming poisons than anything else, though)

posted by greycap at 1:52 PM on April 18, 2006


What happens in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas after you fuck a hooker, pay her, and then stomp her to death? (You get the money that you just paid her back.) You also feel really dirty and a little sick.
posted by ND¢ at 1:59 PM on April 18, 2006


You also feel really dirty and a little sick.

The first few times.
posted by sonofsamiam at 2:10 PM on April 18, 2006 [1 favorite]


Who said “Winners don’t use drugs”? (William S. Sessions, Director, FBI)

What does Dodongo dislike? (smoke)
posted by hilker at 2:16 PM on April 18, 2006


CrunchyFrog - I stand corrected.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 2:17 PM on April 18, 2006


What character do you play in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out? (Little Mac)
posted by ND¢ at 2:26 PM on April 18, 2006


What special processing power did Sega claim its Genesis console had? Blast Processing.

In what title did Mario wield a firearm? Yoshi's Safari

Which character from another video game made a cameo in Clay Fighter 63 1/3? Earthworm Jim

What was the code to activate blood in the Genesis version of Mortal Kombat? A, B, A, C, A, B, B

Special clarified requirements bonus questions!

What does M.U.L.E. stand for? Multi Use Labour Entity

What was the first arcade game to use recorded musical tracks? Journey

Which of the following pop sensations does not have an official video game: Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, N'sync, or The Backstreet Boys? Backstreet Boys

Name four different professions, other than adventuring hero or Go-Kart enthusiast, that Mario has had. Plumber, Carpenter, Construction/Demolition Worker, Boxing/Tennis Referee, Doctor, Golfer...

And for a great tiebreaker question: What was the name of the first known video game, programmed for an oscilloscope in 1958?

PurplePorpoise & Starman: 3D Monster Maze was available in 1981, 10 years before Hovertank 3D (see what I mean about video game nerds arguing?)
posted by Durhey at 2:26 PM on April 18, 2006


Oops, that last should be addressed to just Crunchyfrog.
posted by Durhey at 2:26 PM on April 18, 2006


COBRA!: "Who set us up the bomb?"
COBRA!: "And I believe it was somebody who set us up the bomb."

It's somebody, yes, but it's also "set up us the bomb".

posted by Plutor at 2:27 PM on April 18, 2006 [1 favorite]


Ahhh, shit.
posted by COBRA! at 2:39 PM on April 18, 2006


Name 3 or more bands or groups that had arcade games created about them.
posted by Megafly at 2:50 PM on April 18, 2006


What was the cheat code in Doom that gave you full ammo, keys and armour? (IDKFA)

Better: what was the original cheat code in Doom that let you walk through walls?

Answer: IDSPISPOPD, Id (the company) + SPISPOPD for Smashing Pumpkins Into Small Piles Of Putrid Debris, a fictional game talked about as Doom neared release. This was later changed to IDCLIP.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 2:54 PM on April 18, 2006


Durhey - well, at least UW was the first FPS where you could bunnyhop.... right?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 2:58 PM on April 18, 2006


I'm going to start marking some of ones I know I will use. Feel free to keep adding more.
posted by starman at 3:09 PM on April 18, 2006


Is there a cow level?
posted by magodesky at 3:14 PM on April 18, 2006


Great post. Here are a few that are arcade specific:
1. What does Sinistar say?
2. What's the snake's name in Qbert?
3. In Crystal Castles, what item gives Bentley Bear temporary invulnerability?
4. Skate or _____?
5. What's Karnov's regular job?
6. Who are the Bad Dude's trying to rescue?
7. Name 3 of the animals you can morph into in altered beast
8. What are the two main characters names in Double Dragon?

Non-arcade ones
9. What was Guybrush Threepwood selling?
10. Describe the solution to the Babelfish puzzle in Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy
11. If it's dark, what are you likely to be eaten by?
12. Duke Nukem wants to kick ass and ____ _____.
13. What was the AI's name in System Shock 2?
14. How do you avoid being killed by the final character in Karateka?
posted by cosmicbandito at 3:15 PM on April 18, 2006


Q: What videogame are the characters in Sims 2 able to play?

A: Sims 1.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 3:25 PM on April 18, 2006


What is the trick/bug/cheat in Joust that enabled you to (essentially) get an unlimited score?
(I know, it's not a very good question if you could Wiki it, but it's one of the only ones I know. And used!)
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 3:26 PM on April 18, 2006


Some more serious ones:

Q: In version 2.0 of the original Duke Nukem how was the main character's name changed to avoid a potential lawsuit?

A: Duke Nukem --> Duke Nukum

Q: In Monkey Island, Guybrush has an inexplicable fear of what substance?

A: porcelain

Q: Excluding the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series, name two games in which Cloud Strife appears.

A: Ehrgeiz and Itadaki Street Special
posted by magodesky at 3:28 PM on April 18, 2006


10. Describe the solution to the Babelfish puzzle in Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy

Maddening. Also frustrating, evil, and hilarious.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 4:23 PM on April 18, 2006


Q. What flavor of soda did Gunther Hermann want? What flavor did the vending machine dispense?

A. Orange, Lemon-Lime
posted by The Confessor at 6:26 PM on April 18, 2006


Mario first occured in Donkey Kong, but wasn't named Mario. What was his name?
Jumpman

What first person shooter let you use a voodoo doll as a weapon?
Blood

What is the cheat code for God Mode in Doom?
IDDQD

How did Alex Kidd defeat bosses in Alex Kidd in Miracle World?
He beat them at Paper, Rock, Scissors

What is the name of the planet Sonic the Hedgehog lived on in the first Sonic game?
Mobius
posted by painquale at 6:35 PM on April 18, 2006


What are the correct responses to these Swordmaster insults in The Secret of Monkey Island?

-Every word you say to me is stupid.
-My sword is famous all over the Caribbean!
-Only once I have met such a coward!


et al.
posted by Kronoss at 9:42 PM on April 18, 2006


-I wanted to make sure you'd feel comfortable with me.
-Too bad no one's ever heard of YOU at all.
-He must have taught everything you know.
posted by Kronoss at 9:44 PM on April 18, 2006


2 part question:

a) Who created Mario and Luigi, of Super Mario Brothers?
Shigeru Miyamoto.
b) How much money, in royalties, does Miyamoto-san earn on the property?
$0.
posted by shmegegge at 10:18 PM on April 18, 2006


what game had the first easter egg (adventure for the atari)
who was the first video game character to become a pop icon? (guiness book of world records would say mario but it was pac-man)
what arcade has made the most money (ms. pac-man)
here is an atari trivia list
here's a bunch of system trivia
what did nintendo make before video games (they made playing cards over a hundred years before they got into video games)
posted by psychobum at 10:58 PM on April 18, 2006


what was pac-man originally called but changed when it came to america (puck-man)
posted by psychobum at 10:59 PM on April 18, 2006


what did the creator of pac-man see that inspired him to make the game? (a pizza pie missing a slice)
posted by psychobum at 11:00 PM on April 18, 2006


Oops, my answers:

Name of the main bad guy in Contra?
Red Falcon

Who is Error?
A dude in Zelda 2 that knows a secret, and is very succinct.

Location of the warp flutes in SMB3?
Level 1-3, World 1 Castle, World 2 Hammer Brothers.
posted by loquax at 11:03 PM on April 18, 2006


the first video game will always stump people because people usually think space war or pong.
posted by psychobum at 11:05 PM on April 18, 2006


Q:What is the significance of J U S T I N B A I L E Y?

A: playable Suitless Samus
posted by quite unimportant at 4:34 AM on April 19, 2006


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