Every gamer worth his or her salt really needs to know is which gaming icon was originally going to be an armadillo, who the severed heads in the Pit in Mortal Kombat resemble, and which game Swedish pop band The Cardigans' song "My Favourite Game" is about.
These golden nuggets of gaming trivia are among many more revealed in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition, due for release on February 8 in the UK and March 11 in the US. The Gamer's Edition is the first of its kind, an offshoot from the Guinness World Records series, an annual compilation of facts and figures, including the fastest time to eat a 12" pizza, most sheep shorn in eight hours, and the location of the largest collection of aeroplane sick bags.
In keeping with Guinness tradition, the Gamer's Edition of its record book compiles similarly obscure and often-hilarious factoids. A semi-random sampling is listed below: