5 Major Errors in Mental Floss’ Video-Game Episode

Tennis for Two

Tennis for Two

I’m a fan of Mental Floss, the random fact sharing video-series, but I was seriously disappointed with their 30 Game Changing Video Games episode. While there were some golden nuggets of knowledge, there were also some glaring errors…

(As a side-note: Thank you for actually calling Zelda an action-adventure game)

  1. Tennis for Two wasn’t exactly like Pong. The ball bounced thanks to the programmed gravity as it was programmed from a side-view.
  2. GoldenEye 007 was certainly not the first game to feature multi-player deathmatches. Quake, Duke Nukem 3D and Doom were all multiplayer-capable to some degree. John Romero actually invented the term “Deathmatch”.
  3. Carrying “more than one weapon” with you was certainly not a novel idea spawned by Halo, but pretty much the bread and butter of FPS games since Wolfenstein 3D.
  4. Metroid is not the first video-game with a female protagonist. Ms. Pac-Man preceded it by at least four years.
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark is not the first licensed video-game based on a movie. Tron had no less than two games based on it and Death Race (actually mentioned in the video) was based on the Roger Corman movie, Death Race 2000.