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March 18 12:00 AM ET

The BBook of Geek Gaming Quiz

By Brian Briggs

This is the fifth of eight quizzes taken from the 8 pillars of geekdom (software, TV, literature, gaming, movies, science, hardware, Internet) found in The BBook of Geek. In the BBook, there are six facts listed for each of the 128 topics. Of those facts, only two are real. For the quiz, I've made it easier. You only have to tell if one fact is true or false. Answer carefully, your geekiness is at stake.

  1. Chess - In one iteration of the movie WarGame's script, WOPR plays chess instead of Tic-Tac-Toe and seeing victory, launches missiles into Russia.
        True
        False

  2. LEGO - LEGO bricks made today are compatible with bricks made 50 years ago.
        True
        False

  3. Nintendo - One of Nintendo's past businesses included a 'love hotel' which is exactly what it sounds like.
        True
        False

  4. Doom - The game was commissioned by the US Government to prepare people for the demon invasion from Hell that never materialized.
        True
        False

  5. Rubik's Cube - Since 1988 it's been a requirement that all US presidential candidates be able to solve the Rubik's Cube in order to be deemed qualified for office.
        True
        False

  6. First Video Game - One of the earliest dedicated video game computers was the NIMROD.
        True
        False

  7. LARP - The fabled Knights of the Round table were some of the earliest known participants in LARP-type games.
        True
        False

  8. Nethack - Some of the literature reference in Nethack includes Discworld, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Dune.
        True
        False

  9. Zork - The word 'zork' was slang for an unfinished program.
        True
        False

  10. Pac-Man - Several after school specials aired in the 80s, warning of the effect of Pac-Man on pill popping by teens. Including, Power Popper and Why Doesn't Johnny Blink?
        True
        False

  11. Dungeons and Dragons - Academy Award winner Tom Hanks starred in a 1980s movie called Mazes and Monsters which chronicled an RPG game akin to D & D that got out of hand.
        True
        False

  12. Atari 2600 - The game E.T. for the Atari 2600 was voted 'Game of the Year' in 1982.
        True
        False

  13. World of Warcraft - DC comics has published a World of Warcraft comic bringing together geek worlds of enormous magnitude.
        True
        False

  14. Civilization - Games of civilization have resulted in more lost hours of work to employers than the flu and alcohol combined.
        True
        False

  15. Half-Life - An expansion pack for Half-Life entitled Decay was released and it featured two female scientists as the protagonists.
        True
        False

  16. Pokemon - Two nine-year-old boys sued Nintendo saying the game caused their problematic gambling.
        True
        False

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