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Classic Video Game Trivia

Here are the answers to the quiz

1.  What does Donkey Kong have to do with donkeys?

Nothing, although the japanese word for donkey can also mean crazy or stupid.

2.  Name one video game that is made up of five video games.  What are they?

GORF - made up of Astro Battle, Laser Attack, Galaxians, Space Warp and Flagship.

3.  In 1976, a video game called Death Race hit the scene.  Why was it so controversial?

In Death Race, you drove a car and tried to run over little human like figures.  When you hit one it would squeal and a cross would replace it on the screen.  Many people were not amused.

4.  How many dots are there on a Pac-Man board?


5.  On the first day of its existence, the original Pong game broke down.  Why?

Its coin box was overstuffed with quarters.

6.  The control panel on Defender and Stargate are identical except for one thing.  What?

Stargate has an "Inviso Anti-Matter Cloaking Device" which makes your ship invisible and indestructible.

7.  What is RAM and what is ROM?

RAM is Random Access Memory (temporary information such as your score and the number of ships you have left) and ROM is Read Only Memory (which is the games program).

8.  In which video game is the player represented by a paintbrush?

MakeTrax (sometimes called Crush Roller)

9.  What do the following terms mean in classic video game jargon?   (a) Bill Haley  (b) Blue Light District  (c) Four Course Meal  (d) George Down  (e) Mangiatorium

(a) a player who spends alot of time at one machine  (b) an area crated by an anti-arcade zoning law  (c)  eating all four Pac-Man ghosts on one energy pellet  (d) reserving a machine by putting a quarter on it  (e) a pizza place with Pac-Man machines

10.  What is the name of the man you represent in Donkey Kong?

Mario (although at the time he was simply known as "Jumpman")

11.  Name two popular Atari classic arcade games that were designed by the same person.

Dave Theurer designed both Missle Command and Tempest.

12.  In Defender, how many points do you receive for the following?  (a) landers  (b)  bombers  (c)   mutants  (d) pods  (e) baiters

(a) 150  (b) 250  (c) 150   (d) 1000  (e) 200

13.  What does the word "Atari" mean in Japanese?


14.  How do you pronounce QIX?


15.  Name the arcade game that has the designer's signature right on the cabinet?

Berzerk, designed by Alan McNeil of Stern

16.  What companies own the trademarks to these games?   (a) Galaxian  (b) Stargate  (c) Centipede   (d) QIX  (e) Scramble  (f) Frogger

(a) Midway  (b)  Williams   (c) Atari  (d) Taito  (e) Stern  (f) Sega-Gremlin

17.  What classic video game has the same name as a play by William Shakespeare?


18.  What do Craig Kubey, Michael Blanchet, Tom Hirschfield and Ken Uston have in common?

They have all written books on how to beat video games (or at least improve your score).

19.  What is the minimum number of Space Invaders on the screen for the mother ship to appear?


20.  Name the most popular classic game designed by a woman?

Atari's Centipede was designed by Dona Bailey.

21.  Who said "My idea of retirement is to sit all day in a big, dark room playing Space Invaders?"

Walter Cronkite

22.  After the world is destroyed in Missle Command, what does it say on the screen?

The End

23.  In which rounds do the first three bonus stages appear in Galaga?

Third, seventh and eleventh.

24.  What are the names of the three missle bases in Missle Command?

Alpha, Delta and Omega

25.  What is the "super-zapper"?

The Super-Zapper is a bomb that destroys all on-screen enemies in Tempest.

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