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Console: Dreamcast
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As part of their plan to launch the Dreamcast in Europe, SEGA created an official sponsorship with Arsenal FC (a British football/soccer club). However, the team was required to wear to Dreamcast shirts (rather than their regular SEGA shirts) while playing against Italian teams, as "SEGA" in Italian loosely translates to a slang term for "having a wank" and can also be used as an insult for "wanker".
The game is a sequel to the stage play YoRHa that was written by the game's director, Yoko Taro. The play takes place a millennia after the events of NieR and features a cast of female androids called YoRHa.
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Within the Abandoned City is video game store named "MachoProse", an obvious parody of MicroProse. Additionally, across the street is a bike store named "Sid's Cycles", a nod to Sid Meier, one of MicroProse's founders.
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Series: Kunio-kun
Kunio is named after Technōs Japan's former president, Kunio Taki.
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Gruntilda's name is based on an inside joke concerning the series' composer, Grant Kirkhope, where he'd be called "Grunt" instead of Grant. Gruntilda's surname, "Winkybunion", Spoiler: revealed during the final boss fight in Banjo-Tooie , is based off British slang for penis and wart, respectively. Despite this, the game was still given an E Rating by the ESRB. In addition, the development team would occasionally refer to Steve Mayles as "Winky Boy".
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Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
According to former SEGA employee Steven Frost, the reason why the game was panned by critics was because of "over-ambition" from the development team at SEGA:

"The biggest mistake in Boom was trying to cram too much into the game," he explained on SEGA Nerdcast. "Not only were we trying to make just a really good Sonic game, we were trying to add more to it. We overextended our grasp in some ways. We're trying to add in a bungee mechanic, and we're adding combat, and we're adding puzzles, vehicles, hopefully a more compelling story and a bunch of different environments. And it's just a lot, you know? If there's any lesson for me, it's that being too ambitious can be bad."
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Developer: Amersoft
Amersoft, one of Finland's biggest Commodore 64 publishers in its time, was a subsidiary of a tobacco company called Amer-Tupakka.
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On May 5th, Overwatch entered public beta. Coinciding with this event, the pornography-hosting website Pornhub had reported that its searches for the game had increased by 817%. More than 600,000 searches for Overwatch related content on Pornhub had been made by May 23rd. Additionally, a website dedicated to Overwatch content by the name of OverwatchHentai.net has been created.

Given the nature of said content and the game itself being intended for a more broad audience, numerous takedown orders have been filed against creators of this 3rd party content, allegedly due to some creators using stolen assets taken from the game.
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Series: Strider
British rapper "Tinchy Stryder" revealed in an interview with The Guardian that the game Strider is the source of the second half of his stage name.
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Developer: Nintendo
Nintendo once attempted to buy the exclusive production rights to the Harry Potter franchise. J.K. Rowling turned it down in favor of several other proposals by media giants with greater resources, such as Disney and Universal. Whereas Nintendo was only able to offer video game adaptations of the books, these larger companies had the ability to adapt the franchise for television and film, as well as gaming.

In the end, Rowling sold the rights to Warner Bros., who would later contract Electronic Arts to create the video game adaptations of the Harry Potter film series.
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The Gimme Shelter level is named after the Rolling Stones song of the same name.
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Disney's Aladdin
A long-standing debate exists over which of the two Aladdin ports - one for SNES made by Capcom and one for Sega Genesis made by Virgin Games - is actually the better version. Game designer Shinji Mikami, who made the SNES version, actually claims the Genesis port is better:

"If I didn't actually make [the SNES game], I would probably buy the Genesis one. Animation-wise, I think the Genesis version's better. The Genesis version had a sword, actually. I wanted to have a sword."

Mikami cites other problems for the SNES port besides the lack of bladed weapons. The cover art also did not include the "Genie" character, who is the most iconic member of the cast. This upset a lot of fans of the movie. Mikami said:

"Originally, the front of the Super Famicom package had a genie on it. Disney said no to that, so we had to move the genie to the back of the package in a smaller size. But the Sega version, they had the genie on the front."

According to Polygon and game director Dave Perry, who created the Genesis port of the game, the lack of Genie on the front cover could have had something to do with actor Robin Williams and his annoyance at the way Disney was using his character's likeness in promotional materials, such as video games:

"That put the use of the Genie as 'sensitive' during those discussions."

Dave Perry was happy to hear about how Shinji Mikami felt about his port of the game. Ironically, his opinion was opposite of Mikami's about both Aladdin games:

"I'm really biased as we made the original game and got Disney to deliver the animation. So I'd flip the quote, 'If I didn't actually make the Genesis version I'd probably buy the SNES one'."
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During one point of the game, some reversed speech can be heard. When played backwards it says:

"There's something I have to tell you: The Walrus is Paul."

This is a reference to The Beatles song "Glass Onion", which features the line:

"I told you about the Walrus and me man, you know we as close as can be man, well here's another clue for you all: The walrus was Paul."

Spoiler:Another possible connection between the song and the game is the fact that the line "The walrus was Paul" is seen by conspiracy theorists as a message that proves Paul McCartney actually died in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a look-alike (as walruses apparently symbolize death in some cultures). Because Bad Milk's story is an interpretation of reincarnation, this could be the reason the developer's chose to use that particular line.
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Mario Kart Wii
Every year, the American broadcasting network Nickelodeon organizes a survey asking children about their favorite video games. Mario Kart Wii won gold prize three years in a row (2008 - 2010).
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A PSN player, Goron2000, received a temporary ban for sharing on Twitter an in game screenshot that showed a fully rendered and hidden vagina after accidentally discovering it. Ubisoft created a patch to cover the vagina of one particular NPC, but interestingly left penises in the game. The player's ban was eventually lifted after several gaming news sources attempted to contact Sony for comment.
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Perfect Dark
Perfect Dark artist B. Jones's impersonation of Ms. Leadbetter, a character from the British TV series The Good Life, was the basis for her becoming the voice actress for Cassandra.
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Perfect Dark
Nintendo requested that an American-voice actress be used for Joanna Dark. After auditions and failed negotiations, Rare decided to give Joanna a British accent voiced by Rare employee Eveline Novakovic, who had been hired as part of the music team.

Eveline Novakovic's last name, before marriage, was Fischer. She has also worked on several Donkey Kong series games and Ken Griffey, Jr's Winning Run. She has often been credited as E. Fischer.
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Perfect Dark
B. Jones, an artist who worked on GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark, stated in an interview that there was not a "production manager, schedule, or weekly meetings, or monthly meetings, or as far as I can remember, any meetings whatsoever... People would just do things they thought were cool and would work".
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Perfect Dark
Early on in development, half of the team working on Perfect Dark left Rare to form Free Radical Design.
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In 2010 Kurt Kistler, the actor who played Steve, was arrested for possession of child pornography. Oddly enough in his mugshot, taken following the arrest, he wore a flannel shirt that is strikingly similar to the one he wore during that role.
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