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Was Pac-man originally named "Puck-man"?

Was his name originally Puck-man? And if so, was it changed for the stated reason? In a 2010 interview with Wired (archive link), the creator of Pac Man, Toru Iwatani, explicitly verified this: ...
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Was Pac-man originally named "Puck-man"?

YES. If the only thing suspicious here is the PAKU -> PUCK transformation, consider this website's picture of a Pac-man poster, also featured right above this text. In smaller katakana symbols above ...
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Can video games cause seizures?

Yes, video games can cause seizures, even in people without a prior history. For example, as described in the 1994 paper Video game induced seizures: Fifteen patients who experienced epileptic ...
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Do video gamers tend to be conservative and have a large voter turnout?

The small print on the pdf declares that it was from an online survey targeting american adults who play video games. Online surveys have pretty bad self-selection issues. ESA looks like it's not ...
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Did Minecraft sell 600 million copies?

Minecraft has not sold 600 million copies As far as I've been able to find, Microsoft has not released a new total or annual count of Minecraft sales since the 238 million figure. Comparing to past ...
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Do video gamers tend to be conservative and have a large voter turnout?

Here is a press release that gives slightly more information about the survey. The first-of-its-kind survey explored the political attitudes of video game players, providing a snapshot of their ...
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Has Pokémon Go caused hundreds of deaths?

This is the research paper in question. The research paper was just released Nov 18th, 2017. Typically it takes some time for a proper peer review, and with a proper peer review, the next step for ...
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Are most gamers unable to complete the first level of Super Mario Bros.?

The Wired article links to a less-than-reliable source that appears to be a personal blog. That article links to a most reliable source, a transcript of Nintendo's 73rd annual stockholder meeting, in ...
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Are most gamers unable to complete the first level of Super Mario Bros.?

It's simply lazy journalism on Wired's part. The blog they reference,, is clearly a 'joke' news site: http://...
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Is measuring the size of a nuclear cloud with your thumb an approximate indication of whether you're in the radiation zone?

Nuclear weapons can kill through several mechanisms Blast Effects Most damage comes from the explosive blast. The shock wave of air radiates outward, producing sudden changes in air pressure that can ...
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In 1982 did then President Ronald Reagan send a letter to an 8-year-old kid congratulating him on getting a Pac-Man high score?

There are two 1983 references that say he got a letter from Reagan The 18 May 1983 article SF's Pac-Man Whiz Jeffrey Yee Scores Big East West: The Chinese-American News Magazine, page 11, says: ...
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Can video games cause seizures?

Yes. Unlike television or movies, video games are an interactive medium, giving each player a different experience. This unpredictability makes it difficult for developers to catch potentially seizure-...
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Has Pokémon Go caused hundreds of deaths?

I think the Science take on this is noteworthy in that it didn't mention the extrapolation, but only The gaming-related accidents, which increased by 26.5% near Pokéstops over the first 5 months ...
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Can Doom run on a car's infotainment system?

Is this video legitimate? This particular video appears to be a hoax: The video above is a joke that some people seem to not be getting. RIffing off the "you can put Doom on anything" meme, ...
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Did a woman go blind after playing a mobile game?

According to a 看看新闻 news report, yes, an (at the time) 21-year-old Chinese woman regularly binge-played the mobile game 王者荣耀 and lost vision in her right eye (via retinal vein occlusion or "eye ...
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Who coined "gamification" term?

The thesis GAMIFICATION AND THE CREATION OF ACADEMIC WRITER’S IDENTITY says The history of the term gamification is not necessarily a clear one. According to Burke; Nick Pelling coined the word “...
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