Wednesday, 26 October 2011

10 interesting facts about First Person Shooters you may not know


First Person Shooters are arguably the most popular genre in video games today. (and have been for quite some time.) Although many of us play them regularly, and some even play them exclusively, there are some interesting facts and world records that many of us might not know about.


First Title to sell 1 million copies on Xbox 360
Before Modern Warfare or Black ops, the Call of Duty series was similar to other games with it's numbering, and Call of Duty 2 holds this record for the first game on Xbox 360 to sell over a million copies.


Fastest Selling downloadable content on Xbox Live
The "Stimulus Package" for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 holds this record and was downloaded over a million times within the first 24 hours of it's release. Within the first week of release this package had been downloaded over 2.4 million times.


Longest running FPS series
The Longest running First Person Shooter series is held by Wolfenstein, with approximately 18 years having passed since the first game (Wolfenstein 3d), which was released back in 1992.


First Multiplayer First Person Shooter
This title is held by game developed in 1987 called Midi Maze. It was developed for the Atari ST and was accomplished by connecting consoles via their MIDI ports. It was possible to connect up to 16 players in total, and players were shown as smiley faces which could be shot at with dots.


Longest First Person Shooter Development Period 
The Longest First Person Shooter Development Period goes to...yup...you guessed it......Duke Nukem Forever. Originally announced in 1997, over 13 years passed before eventually being released and in this time was handed over to numerous developers.

First Hand-held First Person Shooter
Before the Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS there was the Nintendo Gameboy, and this title is also held by Midi Maze. The portable version had no multiplayer support, instead pitting you against computer controlled opponents.


Most Successful Games Engine
Developed in 1998, the Unreal Engine has had over 208 games released using this as it's backbone. (At least by September 2010) and has been used by several developers over the years.


First Commercially released First Person Shooter
The First commercial release of a First Person Shooter was in 1980 with Atari's Battlezone. Using a simple wireframe design and 3D vector tanks, the game went on to be a success on the Atari 2600.


Most played Online Game
With over 13 million players on Xbox Live, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is still played to this day since it's original launch in November 2007.


First Online Muliplayer for a console First Person Shooter
Released for the Sega Dreamcast on the 24th of October 2000 (after it's original release for PC), Quake III Arena was the first console First Person Shooter to offer Online Multiplayer. Interesting to note that it was possible to connect a Dreamcast to a PC to play against each other.

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