If you lurk Twitter in any way, you may have noticed a handful of slightly-legitimate, but yet still seemingly bogus holidays trend nearly every day of the week. Today, #NationalVideoGamesDay was trending, but if you’re an eagle-eyed tweeter, you may have noticed a similar hashtag trending on July 8 for a similar-yet-not-the-same-but-also-totally-the-same holiday. So, which date actually is National Video Games Day, and is it actually a holiday?
The Video Game History Foundation seems to have the answer, and it’s a bit of a rollercoaster. To begin, Video Games Day, or National Video Games Day – as described by the foundation, “is so poorly documented that the internet can’t even agree on the date: some sources say July 8th, others say September 12th. Some websites even claim these days are two distinct holidays.” And when you do the digging, even on sites that are meant to explain the origins of niche “holidays” like this one, there just isn’t an answer. But when the internet fails, what do we do? Turn to paper.