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Publication date: February 2020
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A compendium of the strangest, most shocking, hilarious and captivating facts and anecdotes from all of Gaming!

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)

Forgotten Consoles

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. 

 

 

Book Stats

  • 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!

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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.

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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?

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Book is complete!!!

Friday, 11 January 2019

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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Paul Martin
Paul Martin asked:

When shall book be released ??

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey Paul, Can't say anything concrete at the moment, as it depends on how soon its funded. But it woudn't be too long after as a lot of the book is already written :)

Tiago Martins
Tiago Martins asked:

When can we expect the books to start shipping?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Well there's a few things that need to be a few checks, printing Etc. But essentially a few months after funding has been completed really.

Joshua Ritchie
Joshua Ritchie asked:

Hay Larry if i buy the two player pack could i add 5 bucks for you to autograph one of them. Would love to have one for archival reasons

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Sure, I'll have a word with Unbound, I'm sure we can arrange that! :)

Chad W. Decker
Chad W. Decker asked:

Can i have my name not included in the book?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Chad,

You don't have to have your name included if you don't want to. You can just remove the name or you can be an anonymous donor: http://help.unbound.com/unbound-for-readers/pledging-for-a-project/can-i-support-a-book-anonymously.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Manager

Steven Waugh
Steven Waugh asked:

I might as will jump with josh but could i have a autograph too, be a good fan of the series fact hunt after i found it. I ordered the box art, pledge it just cost to much if i when any higher. ( around $150 Canadian )

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Aw, thank you ever so much Steve, I really do appreciate your support! Was there a higher reward you were after?

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson asked:

On the Game with Larry level, who chooses if you get to game or be in a vid?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Well it was get to game with me (Also swap usernames so we could stay friends and game some more in the future), but if you'd rather be in a video instead, I definitely could arrange that, yes :)

Dennis S
Dennis S asked:

Sorry to say that, but your book cover isn't really appealing - it looks more like a "how to be organized in 10 steps"- comic book (so something like that) than a book about video games (a "subtle" tetris theme, really?). Nor does your comic character helps. But the inside of the book looks nice, and it's the content that matters - I'm not quite sure about backing this.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Haha, Are you judging a book by its cover? :D But don't worry, it's just a prototype piece for the campaign, the final piece will look a lot more impressive and 100% less tetris-ey!

Stephen Mc Devitt
Stephen Mc Devitt asked:

Because I was already well familiar with your old career on the telly and out of fear of the Internet shutting down (like some kind of new dark age), I thought I might as well get some form of physical archive to prove all this exists. Looking forward to whenever you release your book.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Aw, thanks Stephen, I really appreciate it. Thank you :)

Dennis S
Dennis S asked:

Never judge a book by its cover, yeah I know. And I've just read your game review in Stuart's book, so no worries on my side: that was very fun to read. So backed 2 copies of your book. The cover art was some kind of (not-very-nice) advice (I do know, sorry for that), but as I do scan *all* Kickstarter campaigns at least once a week, your book would be completely ignored by me because of it's cover (it doesn't grabs much attention IMHO). Looking forward to your book!

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Ah thanks bud, I've got a different review in each of Stuart's book now :)

But that's totally fine, it's all feedback for us, companies spend millions trying to get feedback, and you're giving it for free, so we can't complain :D But the final book will be different, so don't you worry!

Uncle Yuu
Uncle Yuu asked:

For the 200 Pledge where we can provide a tidbit of info or a fact, how would that work exactly? Would I write up a brief little entry if I took the pledge (similar to Ashen's book) would you write up the entry? How would it work exactly?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Yup, you'd write up your entry. The plan would be a paragraph or so of your fact, maybe a photo of you and a short line of who you are if you would like that as well. So you'd be a special guest contributor as it were.

John Ohara
John Ohara asked:

I would of liked to have done the game with larry but as a retro game collector (and retro game night holder) the 3 game pack is too much of a draw for me to let go so as consolation I would like to ask could you sign one of the games for me.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey John, oh don't worry, I'm sure we can sort out a game session since you're already funding so much. But that's absolutely no problem about signing one of the games for you :)

- Larry

Steven Spagnolo
Steven Spagnolo asked:

To the best of your knowledge, will the book/facts be 100% correct, or is it tweaked in order to catch out plagiarism? Regardless, it is a great supplementary to your videos and thanks for assembling it.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

It will be 100% correct, being a book these people would need to credit me as a source anyway, so it's all good in that respect.

John Ohara
John Ohara asked:

Any chance I can get one of the games signed from the 3game pack. It would be a great addition to my mega drive collection

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey John, of course Sir, more than happy to sign them, I could sign all three if you wish :)

- Larry

John Ohara
John Ohara asked:

Fantastic I would like that and I will have take you up on the gaming session. Sorry for the 2 questions on the same subject I just was not sure if the first one sent. But lastly just like to say im a big fan of facthunt as it comes up with some good facts on some obscure games

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Thats quite alright dude, I'd be the same if I was investing that much money, so that's perfectly fine Sir!

And thanking you kindly about fact hunt, I try to uncover really weird and obscure facts in it. Got some quite funny ones coming up soon :)

- Larry

Anthony Brazel
Anthony Brazel asked:

This may be a really stupid question but at the moment the book is only 59% funded, does that mean if it doesn't reach 100% it won't be made?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Unbound is totally different to Kickstarter/Indiegogo Etc. They personally approve everything that goes on the site for starters, and everything goes through them, so no one can mismanage the budget or run off with the money.

The big difference is there's no expiration date on campaigns, so it keeps running until it reaches its budget.

But 59% is lightning quick for a book of its type, its due to the size, quality and that it's also a full colour book, if it was a stand black and white book, it would be well over 200% right now :)

- Larry

Lee Farmer
Lee Farmer asked:

Big fan of fact hunt Larry, out of the web shows I follow your one of the few I follow that isn't one of the Internet critics like avgn or channel awesome, the jimquisition or rwby (they get released on the web so dos it get counted as a web show?)

I have some questions

1 never known about unbound befor seeing the you butte video but once you get your book published where will it be available? Will it be on the Amazon website and unlikely as it sounds would there be a chance it could appear on a shelf of a store like waterstones (thought to ask since I doubt it)
2 will the top 5 topics be including subjects you thought of using for fact hut but were rejected?
3 will we see subjects you have already done fact hunt episodes for?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Aw, thanking you kindly Lee :)

To answer your questions:

1. At first it'll be exclusive to people who back the book here, then about six months later it'll be available at retail in bookshops and Amazon yeah. (then about five years after that in Garden Center bargain bins :P)

2. If I use topics from episodes, it'll either be if I've found additional information since making the video, or more likely extra content I was going to do a follow up episode on. But there's so much stuff to cover that may happen for a second book if that ever happens!

3. I'm going for 100% original research as much as possible, but was that something you would like included at all?

Christopher Cryer
Christopher Cryer asked:

Hi Larry, love your channel and everything else you do and have done in the past :) I'm pretty new to unbound so not 100% sure how it works. Due to the time of year and being tight on cash can I pledge at a later date but still get the benefits? I would love to get signed copies of all the games.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Aw, thanks for the kind words Christopher :)

Absolutely, of course you can!!! There's no expiry date on this campaign, it's finished as soon as it's fully funded.

Christopher Cryer
Christopher Cryer asked:

Hi Larry, love your channel and everything else you do and have done in the past :) I'm still pretty new to Unbound so not 100% sure how everything works. Due to the time of year and being tight on cash is it possible to pledge at a later date but still get the benefits? I would love to get signed copies of all the games.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey Christopher, aw, bless you sir, thank you for the kind words.

Of course you can pledge at a later date, but as funding has been completed its a more limited time now as we have to create/order in the rewards for the pledges. So you can, but not too long.

Steven Waugh
Steven Waugh asked:

I was after "gamer level three" (GENERALS OF THE YANG FAMILY) could only back to £65-$90- aka $150 with shipping, and sorry for the mess of a question before, i was in a sleep deprived state thanks to work. (don't know if i could replay. but i love this site more the the other backer sites i might back more now)

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

No need to apologize Steve, I just really appreciate you backing, it really means a lot to me. Thank you ever so much!

Robert Smith
Robert Smith asked:

That's some killer shipping (Comes out to $58 total).
Any chance there is a way to get it later down the road without paying an exorbitant amount for shipping?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey Robert, Unfortunately not, no. It's all down to books weighing a ton, so that's where the money goes.

You could wait till it hits retail, Amazon Etc., but that won't be for a good six months after backers receive theirs and obviously there's no rewards on that.

Brucey Todd
Brucey Todd asked:

Hi
I pre-ordered the book at the 3 games level, quick question, if i was to upgrade to the fact level where u can put a fact in the book would i lose the 3 games? I love the idea of the games but also like the idea of adding a fact about something i played in my childhood.
Thank you

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey Brucey, I'll have to have a word with Unbound about that, but I think we can arrange that for you! :)

Michael Clayton-Brown
Michael Clayton-Brown asked:

With the patron level, as I would only need one copy of the book, would you be willing to strike a deal and auction the remaining two signed copies off for charity instead?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Sure! I'll need to speak to Unbound about that, but I'd be more than happy to do that for you!

Joshua Moore⚡️
Joshua Moore⚡️ asked:

Hi Larry,

Just pledged from the U.S. (Kentucky, to be more exact) and can't wait to have your book on my shelf! I love your YouTube channel and hope this campaign goes off without a hitch, sir.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey Joshua,

Aww, Thanking you kindly Sir, Well it's been successfully funded now, so not too long on the book and I got plenty of interesting episodes coming up on YouTube :)

But thank you again!!!

Joe Spivey
Joe Spivey asked:

Which came first - Fact Hunt or Jeremy Hunt?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Fact Hunt, the way Jeremy Hunt acts, I believe he was born yesterday! :D

John Ohara
John Ohara asked:

Just like to say congratulations on getting the funding for your book

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey John,

Ah, cheers matey! Thank you for the support Sir, couldn't have done it without you peeps :)

Uncle Yuu
Uncle Yuu asked:

Hey Larry! Now that the book is fundedI got the perk where I write my own entry/fact. Can you email or message me with the guidelines for it as well as when you nred it by?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

I'm not 100% on how that works as I don't have access to your contact details, But I believe Unbound will be in touch with the details!

Going to have a word with them about including a photo of you to go with the fact if you wish the world to see your face :D

Charles Lam
Charles Lam asked:

feels like an eternity waiting for the funding to get to 100%. im sure the book will be great. just cant wait to see it in my hands.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Thanks bud, yeah it took a bit longer than most books as it's a high quality, full colour book, so will cost a lot more to produce, but we got there in the end and it's all going ahead now! :)

Steven Chaloner
Steven Chaloner asked:

I am planning on buying the hardback copy for my brother and want his name to be put into the book rather than mine how would i go about picking what name you use?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Thanks bud! That should be fine, A few pledgers have asked to post under pseudonyms or be anonymous, just send an email to Unbound with your order number and they'll sort out the name difference!

James Klein
James Klein asked:

Are there any updates on the release of the book?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Just polishing off the articles right now, so almost complete :)

Ivy Looney
Ivy Looney asked:

Is there any way I can get a book when I pre order i love your YouTube series I've seen every episode my favorite is 5 bizarre origins of video game publishers

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey Ivy, Aw, bless you, thank you ever so much for the kind words, they really mean a lot to me :)

I'm not 100% on what you're asking, do you mean can you still pre-order the book? You most definitely can if that's the case. The book won't be out for a few months, but you can pre-order it now and receive a backer's copy LONG before it hits retail stores/Amazon Etc.!

Thanks ever so again!

- Larry

James Klein
James Klein asked:

Are there any updates on the release of this book?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hey James, I'm still in the process of writing it at the moment, also sourcing art Etc. So it'll be a good few months before we have a backers edition.

- Larry

Marcus Schuh
Marcus Schuh asked:

Hey Larry,
today is the 30th of July. I supported the Project on the 15th of March...
The Project is - afaik - 100% Backed since Mid April...
Maybe you could post a Time when we can get the precious Gem?!
Thanks

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Hiya, it won't be for a few more months I'm afraid, still needs to go through a few steps before it can finally be printed!

Eric Gillis
Eric Gillis asked:

Hey Larry,

Any chance you could post updates as to how things are going?

Various questions have asked when this will be released and your previous answers seemed to suggest a few months after it's been funded. I think 6 months after funding it might be nice to have even one post in the updates section.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

The book is almost finished in the writing stage, I'd say two more weeks max now!

John Edwards
John Edwards asked:

Do you know when the book will be coming out?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

The writing phase is almost complete now, so as soon as that's done, I'll be able to give more information :)

Robert Kinns
Robert Kinns asked:

Hi, I was wondering how the books coming along as you haven't given us an update in ages? Also if there's a more accurate time on when the book will be done. Thanks. P.s. I liked your last video on YouTube, very funny.

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Thanks dude, literally just finished the book today, so now the fun begins :D

Richard Toplis
Richard Toplis asked:

I funded this in January......It’s now October (i’m putting the month here as the questions aren’t dated)...how much longer do we have to wait Larry?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

The book was just finished today, so it needs to go through the usual processes, so not long now.

But thank you ever so much for all your patience Richard, I really appreciate it!

Justin Smith
Justin Smith asked:

I hate to ask you a question you have clearly repeated many times, but what is the ETA for release? I ask because you keep answering in terms of weeks or months and there are no time stamps on Unbound. Thank you!
For the record: This question was posted 13Nov18

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Justin,

We're just waiting for the finished manuscript from Larry before we can start work on this, or set a publication date. As soon as this comes in we'll send an update to everyone to let you all know of the progress and it often takes at least 12 months from the manuscript hand in date to getting finished books.

We'll also give Larry a nudge to get him to write an update letting everyone know how the writing is going.

Best wishes,

Unbound Support - 23/11/18

Joe Trigg
Joe Trigg asked:

Are there any updates at all? Per the above the majority of the text was written?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

I'll put up an update in a few days time, but the writing of the book is pretty much completed!

Richard Fletcher
Richard Fletcher asked:

Question: If the book ends up never being released, is there any way to get the money back? Because I've been stung by this exact kind of thing before....

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

Same here, I put money into that Papirum game last year...

But don't worry, this isn't like Kickstarter or Indoegogo, the book will 100% be coming out, Unbound keeps all of the money and I dont' see a penny until I've fulfilled my obligations. So no one can run off with the money or spend it on stupid stuff.

But you can ask for a refund at any time if you don't feel confident.

Joe Trigg
Joe Trigg asked:

During the funding stage the book was mostly written and "a few months away" its now over a year and there is no status update - can we get an idea on the progress and a timeline?

Larry Bundy
Larry Bundy replied:

It was finished today :)

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