15 Crazy Facts You Don’t Know About N64’s GoldenEye 007

Even if you weren’t around when the game first debuted, chances are you’re at least aware of 1997’s GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 console. While many games have stood the test of time, the mere mention of proximity mines and paintball mode invokes nostalgia from those both young and.. well… slightly less young.

So what is it that catapulted GoldenEye into the stratosphere of gaming culture? The answer is a combination of advanced gameplay, branding, and ahead-of-its-time graphics that still impress, especially considering 3D gaming was in its infancy at the time.

Whether you’re a diehard fan or only vaguely aware of it, here are 10 things you probably never knew about GoldenEye 007.

1. It was originally going to be as a side scrolling, 2D shooter for the SNES

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Martin Hollis, Game Director, instead proposed “a 3D shooting game” for the Nintendo 64 console, then still in development and known only as Ultra 64. He then created a document with all the design ideas he wanted in the game, including gadgets, weapons, characters to use, story digression from the film, and an artificial intelligence (AI) that would react to the player’s actions.

2. The team behind the game were relative amateurs

The majority of the team behind GoldenEye had never worked on a video game before. The rest were more familiar with 2D titles such as Donkey Kong Country. But those involved say at the time, that was actually a plus.

“Because it was most people’s first game”, composer Graeme Norgate told Now Gamer back in 2011. “We did things we might not do again because it was too much work. We didn’t take the easy route. If something sounded like a good idea, it was like, ‘Yeah let’s do it!’ The world was our oyster! Only afterwards would you find it was a world of pain.”

3. Developers initially planned to let players reload weapons by unplugging and re-inserting the Rumble Pak on the game controller

Yep. Developer Steve Ellis says the idea was ultimately nixed by Nintendo. “Nintendo weren’t keen on that idea and I think it might have affected the pacing a bit…”

BUT HOLY SHIT CAN YOU IMAGINE.

4. There was supposed to be four Bonds in the game

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Sean Connery’s Bond, along with Timothy Dalton’s and Roger Moore’s were originally included alongside Pierce Brosnan’s. Developer Dave Doak recalls it was “right near the end” of the game’s development that the characters were pulled. The firm who held the license said it was a no-go.

“An edict came down from on high and we had to get rid of the other Bonds, so on the day we had to take them out we played this epic deathmatch – first to a hundred kills – which went on for about three hours. Mark Edmonds played as Moore and won by one kill. It went down to the wire…”

The other Bonds exist in some of the game’s promotional material and documentation. What’s even cooler is that they left behind digital footprints in the game.

5. Much of the game is actually in black and white

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Karl Hilton, one of the designers on the project, says the N64’s processor was only 3/4 of what the team had designed for. Their solution? Go old school. “RGB colour textures cost a lot more in terms of processing power. You could do double the resolution if you used greyscale, so a lot was done like that. If I needed a bit of colour, I’d add it in the vertex.”

6. Super Mario 64 changed everything

Dave Doak told Now Gamer that when Super Mario 64 was released, the developers, like many players, were floored. “When Mario arrived it was clearly a step forward. Martin was obsessed with the collision detection, which was obviously doing it in 3D and GoldenEye was essentially using a 2D method. And our story was only about shooting stuff – we needed other things. We started putting in objectives, like meeting people in a level and back then that involved some complicated AI.”

7. Many elements are recycled from other parts of the game

The radar on multiplayer mode is actually an oil drum texture. The shuttle scene reused satellite textures and it’s takeoff imagery was powered by graphics from grenade explosions. “That whole level is a big hack job, but it’s one of the nicest looking,” Karl admitted.

8. Most supporting characters were rendered from employees at Rare Studios

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Most everyone, aside from the studio owners, were scanned in for use in the game. At the start of each level, 5 faces from the collection are chosen at random. According to the 2011 interview, the entire development team are in there and Karl remains rather proud of the manly scar added to his face.

9. The game was extremely profitable

GoldenEye 007 cost Rare Studios an estimated $2 million to produce. It went on to gross over $250 million worldwide. Over 8 million copies of the game have been sold to date, making it the third most popular title for the console behind Mario 64 and Mario Kart.

For reference, the actual movie GoldenEye had a $60 million dollar budget and brought in an estimated $350 million at the box office.

10. Multiplayer mode was a last-minute addition

That’s right. Possibly one of the most memorable parts of the game nearly never came to light.

Developer Steve Ellies was brought aboard in the final months of the project to add in cheat codes and extra details. But his most important contribution was easily multiplayer. According to Doak, Ellies “sat in a room with all the code written for a single-player game and turned GoldenEye into a multiplayer game.”

Thank you, Steve.

11. The Cheat Sheet

Plenty of games have hidden easter eggs and cheat codes, but GoldenEye’s took the game to another level.

Players will fondly remember gems such as Paintball Mode and Tiny Bond, all achievable through carefully choreographed combinations that if done incorrectly, just make Bond look like he’s busting out a brand new dance.

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Of course, you can always just beat certain levels within a specified time and win these perks honestly, but come on now, just bust a move.

12. Flying Bond

Yep. It’s more of a glitch, but still. This one was shared on GameSpot by user Millers C.

“Enable the Tiny Bond cheat. Go to a staircase and Crouch as far down as you can and walk off, and Voila, Bond can fly! Try it at the Frigate!”

13. Secret Island

While designing the first level, programmers built an island that was meant to be reached by boat. The boat was removed but the island remains… that is if you have a GameShark. Remember GameSharks?

The folks over at Fandom shared this tidbit:

“During the Dam level, go to the opposite side of the docks away from the place where you jump off. You can use your sniper rifle zoom to look around. While looking around, you will see an island slightly obscured by fog. Using a GameShark and a ‘No Clipping’ code, you will be able to reach the island.”

14. Secrets of the Silo

This one comes from IGN. Again, it’s more of a glitch, but still pretty freaking cool.

“This code requires that you have the invincibility cheat. Go to the Silo level with invincible Bond on. Select the plastique explosives from your watch and throw it on the wall. Now, shoot the explosives with your gun. Wherever you run, the explosions will follow you and kill everything in your path.”

Bonus Fact: Did you know there was originally an elevator in the silo level?

15. There’s a hidden emulator with 10 bonus games!

That’s right. There’s a fully functional emulator for the ZX Spectrum system, complete with ten original games. Getting to it is a bit of a pickle though. It was originally made as an experimental side project by Rare, but was deactivated in the final build. However several fan-developed patches allow modern emulators to unlock the bonus content.

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If all of this has you feeling nostalgic, you can cop an original (refurbished) N64 along with GoldenEye 007 on eBay for the reasonably affordable price of just $79.99.

There are also emulators available online, but be wary of spammy links and ads. Seriously.

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These crazy facts are a part of our dad trivia series, where we drop some pop-culture science you can impress your dad pals with at the next BBQ.

Check out our previous edition where we featured crazy Facts You Don’t Know About Super Mario.

Ryan Reynolds and The Rock Have Met Their Match in ‘Red Notice’ Trailer

Even superheroes have day jobs. At least, actors who play superheroes do.

Gal Gadot, aka Wonder Woman, Ryan Reynolds, aka Deadpool, and Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, aka Black Adam, are more than the capes and tights and lasso they sport in their mega-budget super flicks. They’re also working actors, and this November, they’re working for Netflix.

The movie is called Red Notice, and while they aren’t playing superheroes, they aren’t exactly playing chumps either. Not when you look like they do.

Here’s the synopsis: It’s the PRO vs. the CONS. An Interpol-issued Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted. But when a daring heist brings together the FBI’s top profiler (Johnson) and two rival criminals (Gadot, Reynolds), there’s no telling what will happen.

The first trull trailer was just released and it looks fun, of overstuffed. It’s a prison break movie, a heist movie, an action movie, a buddy comedy, and more. But nothing a few charming movie stars can’t handle.

The movie hits Netflix on November 5th:

‘Cheer Dad’ Goes Viral for High-Kicking His Way Into Our Hearts

If you cheer for the cheerleader, do you then become the cheerleader? Truly one of the great mysteries of life – a mystery that Rolland “Hekili” Holland doesn’t have time to ponder because, well, he’s busy cheering. Holland’s daughter, Mackenzi, admittedly used to find her dad’s distinct show of support embarrassing. But more recently, she’s found a new appreciation for her dad’s unique way of showing up for her.

Mackenzi is a cheerleader for York High School, but during a recent game, it was Holland who stole the show. As Mackenzi and her fellow cheerleaders perfectly executed their routine on the field, Holland did the same in the stands. Eyes locked proudly on his daughter, Holland hit every mark flawlessly.

41-Year-old Holland, a father of three girls, recently retired after spending 24 years as an Air Force Major. Due to his work, Holland spent periods of time stationed away from home during his daughters’ childhoods. He relished the time he got to spend with his family, supporting them wholeheartedly both at home and from afar.

Cheering along with Mackenzi is a long-standing tradition for Holland, going viral in 2019 for a similar video. Mackenzi, now a senior, is heading to college next year. Holland recently started a new career working on Air Traffic Control simulators, and at least until the end of the school year, he’s enjoying his honorary role as “Cheer Dad.”

Though Holland’s time as Mackenzi’s personal cheerleader is coming to a close, he remains hopeful that one day he’ll reprise his role. Holland’s middle daughter, Brayanna, made it abundantly clear that his shenanigans are not welcome at her softball games. His youngest daughter Jaymi, however, made no such proclamation. Ok, so she’s only seven, but Holland remains hopeful.

“‘Cheer Dad” might come back when Jaymi gets to high school,” Holland told theDaily Press. “But, if she’s embarrassed and doesn’t want it, then I’ll just be a regular dad.”

Scooby-Doo Dominates Map of States’ Favorite Spooky Kid Flicks

Look, I’m not here to bash Hocus Pocus. I’ve gotten into enough trouble doing that on social media. Besides, I have no problem with it being on a list of spooky children’s movies. Because that’s who it’s for!

The list I’m talking about was put together by USDish, and it lays out every state’s favorite spooky children’s movie, just in time for Halloween. None of the movies on this list of “most searched spooky kids movies in 2021” should come as a surprise to any parent out there who loves Halloween.

My wife and I have been doing our yearly “spooktober” tradition, which entails showing our kids – and ourselves, once the kids have gone to bed – as many spooky movies as we can throughout the month of October.

Obviously, the ones we watch after the kids are in bed are a little bit different than the ones on this list, but I will admit that Hocus Pocus – which the list shows dominates New England (the movie takes place in Salem, Mass) – is pretty scary, at least in terms of how bad it is! Sorry. Sorry.

80s classics Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters show up a few times, as does the Pixar weep fest Coco (in New Mexico and Texas, which makes sense, given the movie’s depiction of Mexican culture). E.T. even shows up a couple of times!

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Some other key findings from the list:

  • The dynamic duo, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, have stolen the hearts of Americans, coming in as the most searched movie in 13 states.
  • Apparently, button eyes are in this year, with Coraline coming in as the most searched kids’ movie in 11 states.
  • Halloweentown is Oregon’s top spooky kid’s movie, which is fitting since the movie was filmed in St. Helens.
  • Although Gremlins isn’t the most beloved nationally, it still has North Dakotans interested almost 30 years after its release.

Which of these movies are Halloween staples in your house?

Christmas Trees Will Be More Expensive, Harder-to-Find This Year

Hey, has your day-to-day life been annoyed enough yet by supply chain issues? No? Well, you are IN LUCK. From the people who brought you the coming holiday season toy shortage, we now have “Christmas trees will be more expensive!” news. And this one is a little more complicated than just blaming the pandemic.

For starters, blame the 2008 recession. Christmas trees usually take 10-12 years to mature and be ready for you to haul into your living room. After the recession hit in 2008, some farms closed or dramatically cut back on the number of trees they planted.

The next thing to blame is environmental issues, as an early frost in Vermont and New Hampshire killed off a bunch of trees. And then finally you can get to the pandemic, as the cost of things like trucking and the gas to chainsaw down those trees are all more expensive. And when things get more expensive, the costs just get passed on to the customer (fun!).

The executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association (which apparently is a thing) Tim O’Connor told TODAY they wouldn’t call it a “shortage” but listed some reasons why prices would go up.

Now, that makes those of us who are artificial tree people look smart. Why bother with the irregular tree, the strapping it down to your roof, the pine needles all over the house? Love the smell, buy a candle! With an artificial tree, you know what you’re getting every year and you know the ins and outs on how to best decorate it.

And if you’re ready to come over to our side, well, you’re also out of luck there too. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the price of artificial trees (and most decorations) will be as much as 25 percent higher, due to the ongoing supply chain and shipping issues. So, in a sense, we’re right back where we started.

Christmas isn’t canceled, it’s just going to be more expensive this year.

RUMOR: MCU Developing World War Hulk Movie

The MCU has been alive and kicking for more than a decade now. It kicked off with Iron Man and slowly picked up a collection of superheroes over ten years of multiplex dominating movies. Then they all came together to close out the Infinity Saga in Endgame. Along the way, nearly every major character was featured in their own movie, or collection of movies, culminating in Black Widow’s long-awaited, pandemic-delayed solo flick.

There was one core member of the crew who never got his own movie: The Hulk. But that may be about to change.

On Thursday, a website called The GWW broke the rumor that Marvel is developing a movie version of the celebrated World War Hulk storyline, featuring the big green guy. The article states that one of the reasons the Hulk hasn’t had his own movie – unless you count Ed Norton’s outing, which is technically a part of the MCU mythology (hence the Abomination appearing in Shang-Chi, and William Hurt’s General Ross continuing to feature in Avengers movies) but has otherwise been largely disregarded – is that Universal held the rights. Apparently, according to a 2020 rumor, Disney has them now.

The World War Hulk movie is rumored to be coming together at the end of this year and is meant to build off of the events, and the expanded Hulk-based universe, of the forthcoming Disney+, show She-Hulk, starring Tatyana Maslany. Mark Ruffalo will supposedly appear in the show, which will focus on She-Hulk’s exploits as a lawyer.

How the show leads into the space-based WWH storyline is yet to be seen – largely because we haven’t seen the show yet! – but odds are even if this rumor is true, Kevin Feige and Marvel will have to find a new take on the source material to make it fit within the existing MCU framework. The original storyline features characters that don’t yet exist on-screen.

And that’s only if the rumors are true. If they are, surely we’ll hear something soon. Especially since Mark Ruffalo is known to have loose lips!

Major Candy Maker Attacked by Ransomware Hackers Ahead of Halloween

One of the biggest candy companies in the U.S. of A. is having a difficult time getting its candy to the people in the days ahead of the Candy Superbowl thanks to a devious group of hackers. The weeks leading up to Halloween are a bad time for your candy production to go offline, but Ferrara is facing this difficulty as manufacturing facilities have been affected by ransomware hackers messing with their systems.

This seems like a big deal. Ransomware attacks are getting more prolific and for a while, they were mainly targeting groups like local governments (yawn). Now, they are attacking our nation right where it matters most (ok maybe not most, but this is candy, dangit!).

Ferrara is the manufacturer of many great candies, such as Brach’s Candy Corn (the only good candy corn). They also make SweetTarts, Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Red Hots, Lemonheads, Jawbreakers, Pixy Stix, and Everlasting Gobstoppers. Chocolate snobs may shrug off this hack-attack because it doesn’t affect the Halloween titans, but I am here to defend (some) these candies.

A proper Halloween basket needs some sweet variety to mix it up, and Nerds/SweeTarts are a staple in that category. Lemonheads are the most underrated candy on the planet, and Everlasting Gobstoppers are legit good. Gobstoppers are probably the best candy of that entire bunch. Pixy Stix, meanwhile, is the closest thing tee-ball players have to performance-enhancing substances.

And candy corn, for all its ills, is still the premier fall seasonal candy.

More importantly, if the hackers are targeting one candy company, they could put others in their sites. Several large grain companies were also majorly affected earlier this year by ransomware attacks.

A Ferrara spokesperson said the company has only been able to resume manufacturing in “select cities” in a statement acknowledging the attack.

Of course, any time a candy company is taken down, the first suspect becomes a disgruntled Oompa Loompa, but this sounds like it could be more serious. It may be time to start hoarding Nerds like it’s toilet paper in March of 2020.

Mel Brooks Is Bringing a “History of the World” Sequel to Hulu

A proliferation of streaming services and companies getting into the #content game means unknown newcomers have a better chance of seeing their vision realized on the small screen. Hulu is making that dream come true for one comedic voice, as the breakthrough performer is (checks notes) the 95-year-old comedy legend Mel Brooks. Hulu announced that Brooks is writing and producing History of the World, Part II, an 8-episode variety series, for the streamer.

This will be a sequel to his legendary comedy History of the World, Part I film in 1981. Only a short 40 years later, Brooks will take to the sequel. That’s like some George R. R. Martin timing right there. The original movie was vignettes and musical numbers covering the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and all the way through the French Revolution. It may be most remembered for the very funny “Jews in Space.”

So the 95-year-old comedy legend, who also brought us classics like Spaceballs, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles. Just iconic stuff right there. And it’s amazing he’s still working in his mid-90s.

“I can’t wait to once more tell the real truth about all the phony baloney stories the world has been conned into believing are History!” Brooks said in the press release.

Of course, being in his mid-90s, he probably won’t play five different characters again in the sequel. Instead, he’s got some heavyweight comedic help. The series will also be written by Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, and Kevin Salter. Some major talent from the comedy worlds of stand-up and TV.

The series is currently in the writing stages with production set to start in the spring.

Sony Releases First Action-Packed Trailer for Uncharted Film

Uncharted has always been a cinematic gaming experience.  When you’re playing as treasure hunter Nathan Drake, you feel like you’re inside an Indiana Jones movie, pulling off death-defying feats and taking down bad guys.  The stories and set pieces were just ripe to be adapted to the big screen and today, we got our first official look at the brand-new film starring Tom Holland & Mark Wahlberg.

Just judging by the trailer, they’ve definitely captured the spirit of the games. Check it out for yourself down below.

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

“Based on one of the best-selling, most critically acclaimed video game series of all time, Uncharted introduces audiences to the young street-smart Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) and showcases his first treasure hunting adventure with wisecracking partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg). In an action-adventure epic that spans the globe, the two go in dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while also tracking clues that may lead to Nathan’s long-lost brother.”

Now, as someone who is a big fan of the game series, it seems like they’re pulling story elements from a few of them.  In Uncharted 4, Nathan was looking for his brother with Sully, but they were all much older (Sully especially being very wrinkly).  Also, the crazy airplane crash with all of the cargo flying out the back is straight out of Uncharted 3.  They’re taking some of the best elements from these games, but I hope it isn’t just a mish-mash of clashing stories and it actually works.  Still, it looks like a lot of fun and director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland 1 & 2, Venom) has proven himself capable of delivering some great action sequences.  Hopefully, Fleischer and crew can pull off impressing the legions of fans that love the video games, while also bringing in an audience that has never played the games before.

Uncharted releases exclusively in theaters on February 18th, 2022

Tarantino Wants to Make ‘Kill Bill 3’ and a Comedy Western. And Also Retire, So.

For years, Quentin Tarantino has said he was going to direct ten films and then hang it up and move on to other things. After writing and directing 2019’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood he has devoted his time to writing books (including a novelization of the movie), converting Once Upon a Time… into a play, and conducting interviews where he again suggested that his tenth film could be his last. Could that film be Kill Bill 3?

If number 10 is to be the end of his storied filmmaking career, capping it with the third installment – or second, if you count Kill Bill 1 and 2 as one film – would make some sense. QT has often suggested a follow-up where Vivica Fox’s character’s daughter sought her own revenge on Uma Thermon’s character, bringing The Bride’s own revenge story full circle. Recently, when receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Rome Film Festival, a reporter asked him if that could still be his 10th movie answered: “Why not?”

“But first I want to make a comedy,” he continued, mentioning his desire to direct a comedy-Western.

“It’s not like my next movie. It’s a piece of something else that I’m thinking about doing — and I’m not going to describe what it is,” Tarantino said. “But part of this thing, there is supposed to be a Spaghetti Western in it.”

“I’m looking forward to shooting that [thing] because it’s going to be really fun. Because I want to shoot it in the Spaghetti Western style where everybody’s speaking a different language. The Mexican Bandido is an Italian; the hero is an American; the bad sheriff is a German; the Mexican saloon girl is Israeli. And everybody is speaking a different language. And you [the actors] just know: OK, when he’s finished talking then I can talk,” Tarantino laughed while describing the project.

While Tarantino’s movies certainly have humor in them – “I shot Marvin in the face!” – few would describe them as full blown comedies. Whether the director can pull off what sounds like an ambitious, and odd, comedic Spaghetti western will have to be seen to be believed. But he hasn’t had many misfires yet.