Did the creator of Tetris murder his family? Find out on this episode of Game Fiction!
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Game Fiction #3 - Death by Video Games
Originally Released June 8, 2016
1. A Capcom employee committed suicide over a SuperGrafx port of Strider - FICTION
In 1997, a rumor spread that a developer on the SuperGrafx Strider team committed suicide after failing to create the port. A conspiracy was sparked when a Strider character appeared in the background of Street Fighter Alpha 2. However, according to people involved on the project, the rumor was just that: a rumor.
2. The co-creator of Tetris was responsible for a double murder suicide - FACT
In the late 1990's, Tetris co-creator Vladimir Pokhilko was having financial trouble with his struggling startup. Things were rough, but friends stated Vladimir suddenly started to cheer up and act positive again. But then, shortly after that, Vladimir murdered his wife and son before taking his own life.
3. The Berzerk arcade game killed two of its players - FACT (sorta)
In 1981, arcade gamer Jeff Dailey allegedly suffered a heart attack and died after reaching a high score on a Berzerk cabinet. One year later, Jeff's good friend Peter Burkowski also died of a heart attack right after reaching a high score at the same arcade. Then, a few years later, Edward Clark was stabbed and killed in the same arcade while playing Berzerk.
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