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Injustice 2
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In June 2021, the game's developer NetherRealm issued an apology after it received backlash from the community over its special event in celebration of Pride Month in the mobile port of Injustice 2. The event's challenge was for players to defeat Poison Ivy, a character which identifies as bisexual, hundreds and thousands of times to unlock prizes, a task which was deemed to be tone-deaf by the community.

In their apology, they stated, "We recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate. Real life violence against the LGBTQIA+ community and women within that community in particular is all too common and we should actively engage in efforts to end LGBTQIA+ violence, not normalize it. We apologize to the greater community, but especially LGBTQIA+ members. We are committed to listening and doing better."
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Kingdom Hearts III
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During a scene with the character Demyx, he spouts the line "Yes, Demyx time!" This may be a reference to the web-series "Demyx Time", which released in the late 2000's and followed a cosplayer dressed as Demyx going over Demyx's daily life and events inside Organization XIII.
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The reason for the game's closure was due to it not being deemed financially sustainable any more. The game had already ran past its original plan and the team wanted to move on as they had to take on other projects.

Despite receiving lots of requests from fans to bring back the game, it would be deemed impractical due to no one having looked at the game's code in years and lots of licensing obligations in relation to the actor's likenesses.
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Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
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In the Akumajo Dracula X CD liner notes, the game's character designer Toshiharu Furukawa stated that they had to remove some monsters in previous Castlevania games, due to the game's international localizations. Having destructible monsters with humanoid forms (i.e. Medusa, Carmilla, and Gargoyle) went against America's morals. However, for Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, it doesn't need to be localized, due to it being released in Japan-only.
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Mega Man X4
In an Sega Saturn Magazine interview, the game's planner Koji Okohara stated that looking back at Mega Man X3, they felt there wasn't a big enough difference between how Zero and X controlled, so they tried to distinguish both of them further in the sequel. In X4, Zero only got a sword without any "charge" ability for his weapon.

The game's producer Yoshinori Takenaka stated that many developers were against that decision. Koji Okohara also stated "His sword doesn’t have any reach, and they thought it would make the game too difficult. To address that, we raised his attack power and added Street Fighter-style moves, so he feels completely different from X."
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According to game's producer Tokuro Fujiwara, their idea was to combine 2D and 3D graphics for Tomba! 1, but they weren't able to achieve they effect they wanted. They went with 3D for the second game so that they can achieve a greater freedom in expression. Also in Tomba! 2, the graphics may have changed from the first one, but it's system and gameplay were carried over so players wouldn't feel alienated from the first game.
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In 1986 then video game journalist Boris Schneider undertook one of the first documented fan translation efforts. Over the course of one weekend he single-handedly cracked and translated the Commodore 64 version of Murder on the Mississippi into German by using a simple hex editor and a self-written disk editor. He then sent his translated version of the game to Activision, who gave him the means to make an official translation, which they released in Germany.
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According to the development team in the game's official Japanese guide book, during the planning stage they had a list of dinosaur names they wanted to include the game. Two dinosaurs that were on the list but left out of the final game are Triceratops and Ankylosaurus.
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God Hand
According to the game's director Shinji Mikami, when he played Final Fight: Streetwise he hated the game's direction and believed it to be a terrible entry in the series. Mikami thought about making a similar game, which would later become God Hand.
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For years there was speculation over the source and identity of the dead man featured on the title's game over screen. Popular theories included Polish boxer Leszek Błażyński, Palestine activist Atef Bseiso, and Egyptian author Farag Foda. The actual source was identified in 2019. It is a still from the Japanese shockumentary Death File: Yellow, depicting an unidentified man killed during the Bosnian War in 1992.
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Series: Mario
A 2016 study conducted in Hong Kong revealed that more players drove a car better after playing Mario Kart. This was because “easily accessible action video games for as little as 5 hours can be a cost-effective tool to help people improve essential visuomotor-control skills used for driving,” according to the Association of Psychological Science.
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki decided to add the game to the optional reading list of the academic curriculum for the 2020-2021 year, citing the game's use of drama and ethics in a wartime setting.
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Punch-Out!!
In a 'VLADTV' interview with Mike Tyson, he was asked about Nintendo offer him $50,000 for a 3 year deal with no royalties, which Nintendo made more than $1.7 billion on. He said that he knew nothing about business at the time, and he made a bad deal by accepting Nintendo's offer.
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Series: Star Fox
According to Takaya Imamura in the Nintendo Dream magazine, before Star Fox became the name of the series, they thought of other names for the series, like 'Star Glider' and 'StarCraft'. The idea for the 'Star Fox' title came from Star Wars' title 'Star', and the main protagonist Fox McCloud's 'Fox' race.
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Actress Jeanette Maus, who voiced one of Lady Dimitrescu’s daughters as well as several other characters in the game, had tragically passed away before the game's release. Maus, 39, had passed away on January 24th, 2021, after a battle with colon cancer.
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Jun Senoue, famous for being a lead music composer for Sonic Adventure 1 and 2, said he was insipired to write and arrange Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's "Mega Man 4 Medley" in the style of a Sonic Series composition after he came across a Sonic and Mega Man crossover comic that sparked his imagination. He chose to center his arrangement on the 4th Mega Man game because of fond memories that he had of playing the game at university.
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During the Warhammer 40,000 crossover promotion in 2020, the game's publisher Wargaming came under scrutiny after it was made aware by Twitter user Darren Bogus that they were sponsoring controversial YouTuber Arch Warhammer to help promote it. Arch Hammer is known within the Warhammer community for his misogynistic, racist, and hateful remarks. In a statement from Wargaming on July 3rd 2020, they issued an apology and claimed that sponsoring Arch was due to "human error" and had since cut ties with him. They even admitted that they were warned beforehand by Warhammer's owners Games Workshop not to collaborate with him but had failed to follow their request.
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In an update for the game released in November, 2020, two in-game podcasts featuring journalist Helen Lewis were replaced by Ubisoft after receiving complaints from concerned gamers. This was due to Lewis being known in the public for having transphobic views and writing a number of articles criticizing legislation which were in support of making gender transitioning easier.

Ubisoft told in a statement that the speaker profiles for the scripted in-game podcasts were chosen by an external producer that worked with the development team. They promised that in future they'd perform background checks on any future partners.
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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In 2020, Konami in collaboration with prosthetics company Open Bionic released an official Metal Gear Solid "Venom Snake" Cover, based on Venom Snake's prosthetic arm in the game, for use with Open Bionics' "Hero Arm" prosthetic. The "Hero Arm" can be used by any upper arm amputee below the elbow. Daniel Melville from the town of Reading in the United Kingdom was the first to receive the design, an avid gamer and fan of the Metal Gear series.
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Found on one of the movie theater marquees is the message "Maddie, Will You Marry Me?" This was an Easter egg included in the game at the request of fan Tyler Schultz who tweeted out to Insomniac asking them for help with his marriage proposal to his then girlfriend of 5 years Madison Gamble ("Maddie" for short) by including the message somewhere in-game. However, by the time the game had released, Gamble had broken up with him with Schultz explaining what had happened. Insomniac had offered to patch out the message but Schultz requested to keep it in as a reminder for "the almost mistake that I made." adding that his girlfriend told him "that the video game message wasn’t the way she wanted to be proposed to, either."

Gamble would later say in a statement that she never even liked video games and only tolerated them because of Schultz. She claimed that she broke up with Schultz due to his behavior and gave him a month to change but to no avail.
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