THE NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM LAUNCHED WITH A COMIC BOOK GAME…KIND OF

It truly is fascinating the things you learn sometimes about comic book video games sometimes, take today’s information for example. In a case of six degrees of separation, a link has been made between NES light gun launch game Hogan’s Alley and a comic strip from the late 19th century. The game Hogan’s Alley is about shooting a gallery of criminals with the player having to pay special attention not to shoot civilians and police officers as part of their FBI training. The game got its name from a real life training facility used by the FBI that was once located in Ohio but has now since been moved to Virginia. The kicker is that Hogan’s Alley was not a name created by the FBI, instead it was borrowed from a comic strip that ran from 1895-1898 called The Yellow Kid, something the Bureau has admitted to. From their website:

Curious where we got the name Hogan’s Alley? Turns out, we borrowed it from the “Hogan’s Alley” comic strip of the late 1800s. The alley was located in a rough neighborhood, so we thought the name fit our crime-ridden town.

VIA COMIC BOOK RESOURCES

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