Trivia Trap

Game Over

This Trivia Trap is over!

Congratulations to Chris Simmons, our lucky winner with the correct answers! Chris, please send us an e-mail at goodmorningaomori@gmail.com and we will give you instructions on how to redeem your prize!

A special mention to our runner-up for today: Sam Piehl! Better luck next time!

Trivia and answers below:

Nintendo, Sony, Square-Enix and Atari are just a few Japanese companies known around the world for their roles in the video game world. They export many of their games all around the globe, and occasionally they have to make sure certain things don’t get lost in translation. In the late 80’s, one of Japan’s most famous video games was released. However, there were concerns upon its international release that the company might get sued by a famous American boxer, whose likeness was used in the game without his permission. To prevent a lawsuit, the company decided to change the names of three of the game’s characters in the American release. In new releases of this game, the three characters continue to share each others’ names between the American and Japanese versions.

The Trivia Trap:
1) Which game was this?

  • Street Fighter II

2) What are the Japanese and American names for each character?

  • Mike Bison(J) = Balrog(E)  
  • Vega(J) = M. Bison(E) 
  • Balrog(J) = Vega(E)

3) Who was the famous American boxer that the company feared would create a lawsuit?

  • Mike Tyson.

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This edition of Trivia Trap is in honor of E3, the video game exposition recently held in the US.

This month, you can win:
1) a totally custom hand-made gift based on your interests, made by our very own Tori Sharpe
or
2) a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks.

Let’s begin:

Nintendo, Sony, Square-Enix and Atari are just a few Japanese companies known around the world for their roles in the video game world. They export many of their games all around the globe, and occasionally they have to make sure certain things don’t get lost in translation. In the late 80’s, one of Japan’s most famous video games was released. However, there were concerns upon its international release that the company might get sued by a famous American boxer, whose likeness was used in the game without his permission. To prevent a lawsuit, the company decided to change the names of three of the game’s characters in the American release. In new releases of this game, the three characters continue to share each others’ names between the American and Japanese versions.

The Trivia Trap:
1) Which game was this?
2) What are the Japanese and American names for each character?
3) Who was the famous American boxer that the company feared would create a lawsuit?

As always, use any means necessary to find the answers to the questions. Send your answers to goodmorningaomori@gmail.com.  Answers are due by this Friday, June 20th at 4 pm! The winner will be announced in the next issue of Good Morning Aomori!

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