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Trivia about the game:

  • Colbert Bump: Got one from Game Grumps, the Ensemble Dark Horse Buddy "Mike Aruba" being a selling point.
  • Port Overdosed: There hasn't been a single opportunity missed to re-release this game. It's been on at least 15 platforms despite coming out after most home computers had become irrelevant. The reason for so many ports is the actual codebase is tiny and just a virtual machine that runs bytecode it loads from the scripts. Ports just need to rewrite and recompile this virtual machine.
  • What Could Have Been
    • According to some interviews, Eric did like the idea of a sequel to Another World to retell the game from the alien Buddy's perspective. Remnants of this idea is contained in a flashback intro sequence to Heart of the Alien instead. Furthermore, Chahi was not able to get more involved due to already working on the constantly delayed Heart of Darkness.
    • There was suppose to be an absolute ending, involving Lester becoming a leader of an alien tribe.
    • The 3DO version of the game contained a new cutscene, which served as a Sequel Hook. Strangely, it never came out on the 3DO, instead ending up on its competitor: the Sega CD, under the title Heart of the Alien.


Trivia about the soap opera:

  • The Character Died with Him:
    • Mac Cory died off-screen of a heart attack after Douglas Wattson died of same in 1989.
    • The character of Ada Hobson was killed off on the show after Constance Ford died in 1993.
  • Follow the Leader: The updated intro from 1996 (before the cast culling) looks suspiciously like the title sequence of ER.
    • So does any scene set in the hospital. And any "police station" scene is clearly mimicking NYPD Blue.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Like many soaps, the early years of the show (through c. 1978, per The Other Wiki) no longer exist due to wiping.
    • Averted in that Another World is one of the most repeated soaps not named Dark Shadows: P&G made episodes from 1980-1981 available on AOL Video for several years, episodes from 1987-1991 were re-run on Soap Net from 2003-2007, and episodes from 1991-1992 were available on Hulu.
  • The Other Darrin: Rachel is played by three actors: Robin Strasser, Margie Impert, and (most famously) Victoria Wyndham.
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  • Real-Life Relative: Ralph Camargo, who played the justice of the peace at Mac and Rachel's wedding, is the real-life father of Victoria Wyndham (Rachel).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Judi Evans' struggle to lose her post-partum weight was turned into a storyline for her character Paulina. Evans stated that most of her dialogue were things she had said in Real Life.
  • Screwed by the Network: Arguably. When NBC ordered the soap Passions in 1999, it needed to cancel one of its existing soaps to make room on the schedule. Though no longer the ratings powerhouse that it was in the 1970s, the show still earned higher ratings than Sunset Beach. However, a slight uptick in the ratings and the younger demographics of Sunset Beach caused NBC to cancel Another World in June 1999. The increase in ratings for Sunset Beach would prove not to be permanent, and the show as cancelled six months later.


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