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March 10th is “Mario Day”, an annual celebration of the video game character Mario and all the games he appears in. To celebrate the event, we’ve written this fun but informative quiz on the history of video games in arcades, on personal computers, games consoles and mobile ‘phones.

So, why is March 10th “Mario Day”? Did something happen on this date long ago perhaps? Well, no. it’s actually much simpler than that. One way of writing March 10th is as Mar10, which looks just like the word “Mario”.

But Mario was far from the first video game character. In fact, he was quite late on the scene. Have a go at this quiz and see how much you know about the history of video games. You’ll have lots of fun on the way and, who knows, you might learn some things you would never have guessed. See if you can set a “high score” and get through the quiz without losing any lives. Good luck!

1.
The very first video game shown to the public was Bertie the Brain, made in Canada in 1950. It was an electronic version of which game?
Backgammon
Battleship
Chess
Noughts and crosses
The game was played on a computer which was 4 metres tall – I think paper and pencil would have been a lot simpler!
2.
As computers improved, arcade games took off in the 1970s. One of the first was a table tennis simulation, but what was it called?
Bats
Pong
Ace
Deuce
Pong represented the players as two small sticks, one at each side of the screen, which could only be moved up or down. A small ‘ball’ bounced between the two sticks and players lost if they failed to hit it before it went off the screen. Despite its simplicity, Pong was a huge hit and it helped to establish the video game market
3.
As we moved into the 1980s, video games became more advanced. One of the most successful featured a character who chased (and was chased by) ghosts around a maze. What was his name?
Maze Man
Spook Man
Pac Man
Gobble Man
Pac Man (whose appearance was based on a pizza with one slice removed) had to ‘eat’ all of the ‘dots’ in a maze by moving around and avoiding 4 wandering ghosts. If all the dots were eaten, then the player went on to the next level. If a ghost touched Pac Man, then he lost a life. Despite its simplicity, Pac Man is listed amongst the greatest video games of all time
4.
Mario made his first appearance in a 1981 arcade game in which he had to rescue a princess from a giant ape. What was the game called?
Donkey Kong
Go Bananas
Damsel in Distress
Monkey Madness
In the game, Mario (who was then known simply as Jumpman) had to make his way up a series of platforms, whilst avoiding obstacles thrown by Donkey Kong. Mario proved popular and went on to appear in more than 200 other games
5.
With the growing popularity of home computers in the 1980s, video games moved from the arcade into our living rooms. Which of the following was not a brand of PC?
Microsoft
Commodore
Spectrum
Amstrad
Microsoft, though around in the 1980s, manufactured software, rather than hardware. The most successful brands of PC were the Commodore 64 and the Spectrum 128. The games they played were loaded up from audio tapes!
6.
Games consoles took over from PCs in the 1990s. One of the most successful characters on them was a blue hedgehog. What was his name?
Zoom the Hedgehog
Harry the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog
Boom the Hedgehog
Sonic was a super-fast hedgehog who battled the evil scientist, Doctor Eggman. Since his first appearance in 1991, Sonic has appeared in other games, comics, TV shows and even films
7.
One popular genre of video game is RTS. What does RTS stand for?
Race-themed sport
Real-time strategy
Rescue the stranded
Run, take and shoot
In real-time strategy games something is always happening, unlike in turn-based strategy (TBS) ones, in which players take turns. Some of the most popular RTS games are Age of Empires, Command and Conquer, and Total War
8.
Sid Meier is a name known to many gamers. Which series of TBS games did he create?
Panzer General
Worms
Allied General
Civilization
There have (as of March 2020) been 6 titles so far, in which players must guide their nation from the dawn of civilization, through history and to the stars. The games have included voiceovers from famous actors including Sean Bean and Leonard Nimoy
9.
A game developed in 2009 is set during a zombie apocalypse and players must defend their homes from zombie attacks. What is the game called?
People vs. Zombies
Pets vs. Zombies
Parents vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies
In the game, players use plants which fire projectiles at the advancing zombies. If a zombie makes it to the house, the game is over.
10.
Mortal Kombat is a series of fighting games, first released in 1991 and still going today. Which of these characters has never appeared in the game?
Kobra
Freddy Krueger
Dante
Johnny Cage
Dante is th main character in the Devil May Cry games series. Freddy Krueger (the villain in the Nightmare on Elm Street films) featured as a guest character in Mortal Kombat 9 and Mortal Kombat X
Author:  Graeme Haw

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