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5 searches that prove Google Now is really a huge gaming nerd

Google Now knows what's on at the movies, what's happening on Wall Street, and who Sonic the Hedgehog is dating.

Above: Google Now knows what's on at the movies, what's happening on Wall Street, and who Sonic the Hedgehog is dating.

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You might know a lot about games, but your collection of obscure facts pales in comparison to Google Now.

Google’s search service, which answers users’ inquiries with a digitized human-sound voice just like Apple’s Siri, is one of Earth’s largest repositories of information. Naturally, a good chunk of those useless tidbits relates to games. We decided to put the service to the test, so we asked it questions that only a real gaming geek would know.

Here are five searches that prove just how big of a nerd Google Now really is:

What exactly did President Johnson do to Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty?

The Metal Gear Solid franchise has tons of lore and odd moments. Few fans dedicate enough of themselves to memorizing everything about the convoluted plot, but if you mention President Johnson and Raiden, most gamers are going to immediately think of one moment: The presidential crotch grab in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.

Google Now is just like a gamer in that respect:

What is Master Chief’s name?

The Halo series, like Metal Gear, has a big story, but you can expect any decent fan to know the Chief’s real name. Everyone might call him by his military title, but a human is really behind that mask. Maybe Google Now is, too:

What is the Year of Luigi?

We just finished a whole year honoring the green guy with a ‘stache, and Google Now didn’t forget. Google Now will never forget you, Luigi.

What was the first game to use the Konami code?

Every chump knows the Konami code. Hell, entering up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, and A on a few dozen websites will unlock all kinds of hidden Easter eggs. If you ask the average person what the first game to feature the infamous cheat is, he’ll probably say something like Contra. That’s wrong, but Google Now isn’t:

Who is Sonic the Hedgehog’s girlfriend?

Here is the final test. The toughest of them all. Only a truly masochistic fan would follow the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog so closely to know the name of his love interest. Google Now is that kind of fan:

 

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