Fact Hunt: Fascinating, Fun & Downright Bizarre Facts About Video Games
By Larry Bundy Jr
A compendium of the strangest, most shocking, hilarious and captivating facts and anecdotes from all of Gaming!
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A bumper collection of facts about video games from YouTuber extraordinaire, Larry Bundy Jr (yes, "That Guru Larry" from TV)! This book will debunk myths and urban legends, delve into developer's biggest successes and failures, explore the odd characters behind the games and unearth the obscure, the forgotten, the cancelled and the abandoned aspects of the video game world.
For an industry now old enough to have grandkids, video gaming has come along in leaps and bounds.
However, look past the PR visage of press releases, news and reviews, and you’ll uncover an entire underworld of funny, factual and interesting stories sadly lost to the ethers of time.
Well, that was until I became totally obsessed with rediscovering them.
For the past decade, I have painstakingly trawled through countless old gaming magazines, routinely harassed video game developers, and blackmailed journalists to uncover these amazing tidbits and anecdotes that would have sadly fallen by the wayside of history.
But, rather than create a rather long, drawn out and quite frankly boring compendium on the entire history of video games, I’ve cherry picked some of the best stories, facts and anecdotes throughout gaming, and compiled them into a fun, easy to read, full colour book, akin to the Guinness Book of Records or Ripley’s Believe it or Not! annuals.
You know, the type you’d receive as a gift, grab when you desperately need to read something while on the toilet, or maybe even pass the time during a zombie apocalypse.
Stuffed between the covers of this book are facts like...
The Biggest Developer Screw Ups
Own goals in Champions of Europe, Action Reply Demo creating the piracy market for the Dreamcast, & more.
The Cancelled and Abandoned Games
“Night Trap”, “Timesplitters 4”, “Liquid Kids”
Longest Time Spent in Development Hell
“Too Human” (9 years, 8 months), “Prey” (11 years), “Unreal World” (26 years and counting)
Ever heard of a “PV-1000”, “Hyperscan”, or “View-Master Interactive”? Thought not.
Plus tonnes of other fascinating and fun topics like the best Urban Legends and Video Game Myths, Weird Patents and Tech Devs Thought Were a Good Idea at the Time, Nintendo And All That Entails, Bizarre Fads in Gaming No One Noticed Happening, Games Based on Cancelled Movies, Western Games Redesigned into Anime, Shortest Ever Development Times, Greatest April Fools Pranks, Games Renamed for Bizarre Reasons and much, much more from every nook, cranny, and dusty corner of gaming.
- Approximately 250 pages
- Full colour, glossy, high-quality printing
- Hardback with head and tail bands
- Full colour endpapers
- Ribbon bookmark
- Large but portable format: 201 x 254mm
- Epic pledge levels, including original artwork, adding your favourite fact in the book, a special one-of-a-kind copy handcrafted by Larry, and more!
Fact Hunt: Fantastic, Funny and Downright Bizarre Facts about Video Games will contain over 200 pages of interesting details and tales from games that were all-time classics, to games that were awful. Games that were a big part of your childhood, to games that were never even released.
Also, along the way, I’ve invited a few famous gaming guests from television and the interwebs to provide their favourite quips for your personal perusal.
So whatever your level of interest and knowledge on video games, you’re guaranteed to learn a ton of entertaining all new information with this book!
Larry Bundy Jr has lead quite the varied career, from playing “Tango Man” in the Tango TV adverts, being a character and concept artist for projects for both Aardman Animation, Disney, as well as a number of video game publishers, to writing and presenting the World’s First Retro Gaming Television Show.
His YouTube channel currently boasts over 300,000 subscribers and 45,500,000 video views, where he focuses on light hearted/comedic histories of video games (some of which have been commissioned by Nintendo), as well as fun features on technology and comedy sketch animations.
Larry was also the first ever YouTuber in history to have a television show commissioned, “Guru Larry’s Retro Corner” which aired on Sky TV for over eight years. It also spawned the satirical review show, “Reviewmageddeon” as well as the light hearted comedy Top Ten series, “Wez and Larry’s Top Tens”.
Larry’s distinct narrative skills have also been highly sought after, from television episode recaps of The Walking Dead (commissioned by the shows creators, Skybound) to official lore retrospectives for Game of Thrones for American audiences. He has also voice acted in a number of animated shows and sketches for the web.
Larry’s vast knowledge of video games has also come to the aid of The BBC’s consumer show, Watchdog a number of times, as well as major contributions for Charlie Brooker’s TV ventures into the genre.
GAME CHARACTERS BASED ON REAL LIFE PEOPLE
We all know that a lot of video game characters are “inspired” by celebrities, Heck, I could make an entire book about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone inspirations alone. But what about the average peep on the street? Were they ever a muse for pixelated protagonists? Why, yes indeedy!
Just because you’re “inspired” by someone, it doesn’t exactly mean you have to like them. As is the case of the 1988 home computer game, Chubby Gristle.
The protagonist of the same name was based on a rather obnoxious, overweight car park attendant, who would often yell at the game’s developers Teque Software for parking in wrong spaces. So as revenge for his rather totalitarian ways, Teque secretly made him the main character of a platform game they were developing for multiple systems. Chubby’s real life catchphrases: “Ya can’t park ‘ere” and “ 'Ave a word with the administrator” were even digitised and put into the Commodore Amiga version.
Many gaming magazines at the time claimed that Lara Croft of Tomb Raider fame was based on the creator, Toby Gard’s rock climbing sister, Frances. However, in an interview with the Gard several years later, Toby stated his main influences for Lara were in fact Indiana Jones and Jamie Hewlett’s Tank Girl.
Quite obvious really, but, then again, I don’t think anyone would openly admit they created a major ‘90s sex symbol based on their own sister now would they?
- 17th January 2020 Good News Everyone, The Book Exists!!!
Hello You!!! The Fact Hunt Book Finally Exists!!! Huzzar!!!
Yup, after all this time, we're on the final straight with the book and they'll all be winging their way to you shortly, and for anyone who pledged for a signed copy, I'll be going up to Unbound's warehouse next week to sign over 500 of them, so they'll be with you very soon too. I'll snap some update photos too for good…11th January 2019 Book is complete!!!
Hey everyone, apologies for the total lack of any updates, buried my head into writing the book so much I forgot to keep afloat of the updates. Please do forgive me.
But great news, the book is finally finished! The next step is to have the book copyedited, so I will keep you up to date with developments as they happen.
The other news I should announce is the guests I've managed to blackmai…
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