X

Trivia

Hard

Which Film Director Is Directly Responsible for the Rise of War-Theme FPS Games?

Ridley Scott
Steven Spielberg
James Cameron
George Lucas

Answer: Steven Spielberg

Military-themed first-person-shooter (FPS) games are huge. The Medal of Honor, Rainbow Six, Call of Duty, and similar franchises have raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in profits over the years, but their emergence and popularity is a relatively recent phenomenon in gaming.

Back in the 1990s, military simulation games, especially FPS games, were practically unheard of. The shift from barely occupying even a fraction of a fraction of the gaming market to becoming the kind of titles that drive console purchases and generate huge profits rests entirely on the vision of famed director Steven Spielberg. During the post-production phase of the critically acclaimed World War II drama Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg was watching his teenage son and his friends play Golden Eye on Nintendo 64. Spielberg started thinking about how a first person shooter game could be used to teach people about World War II. He went to the offices of his newly hatched development company, Dreamworks Interactive, and pitched the idea of creating a historically accurate World War II action/FPS game, but was told by his developers that the topic was stale and people just weren’t into World War II history.

Regardless, Spielberg pressed ahead with the project anyway. The result was the first Medal of Honor game (1999) which, thanks to good game development coupled with Spielberg’s insistence on historical accuracy, was both critically and popularly well received. Although over the next ten years the public did eventually lose interest in World War II themed FPS games, the general genre of accurate military shooters is still going strong.

Trivia

Easy

The Most Watched TV Series Finale In U.S. History Was For?

Trivia

Hard

If You Want a Fresh Can of 1990s Energy Drink “Surge” You’ll Have to Visit Where?

Trivia

Hard

The Phenomenon Wherein Trying To Hide Information Makes It More Public Is Known As?

Trivia

Very Hard

Due To Early Industry Limitations, Silent Films Were Recorded In?

Trivia

Hard

Which Famous Museum’s Founder Had Never Visited The Country It Was Established In?

Trivia

Hard

Early Forensic Experts Were Trained Using What?

Trivia

Easy

What Was The Transporter Effect Created With On Star Trek: The Original Series?

Trivia

Hard

Which Sport No Longer Includes The Component It Was Literally Named After?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Christmas Films Was Originally Released In The Spring?

Trivia

Hard

The Only Spider Species That Carry Their Young For Extended Maternal Care Is The?