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This Day In Gaming History – May 18th

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1993

  • The Nintendo VS Atari case continues in a U.S. District courtroom in San Francisco, California. Judge Fern Smith makes a ruling that Atari Games did indeed infringe on a copyright and patent held by Nintendo for Atari’s copying and using software codes that were used in Nintendo Entertainment System cartridges. Subsequently Atari announces that they will appeal the decision.

1994

  • Sony establishes the Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) division. It was created to market the PlayStation console in Western markets.

2001

  • Day 2 of the 7th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held.

2004

  • Nickelodeon airs an episode of The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the U.S. During this episode a character is seen playing with a home video game system.

2005

  • MVP Baseball is released by EA Canada & Electronic Arts for the PlayStation Portable in the U.S.
  • Day 2 of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) takes place in Los Angeles, California.

2007

  • Disney & Nintendo install ten wireless hot spots at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, on the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions. Players who have a Nintendo DS and the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End DS game can receive exclusive downloadable content at these hot spots.

2009

  • Punch-Out!! is released by Next Level Games & Nintendo for the Wii in North America. The game is a mix of partial remakes of the NES and SNES games and partially a new game. It adds in new characters, new control methods, and new gameplay modes.

2010

  • Red Dead Redemption is released by Rockstar San Diego & Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America.
  • Alan Wake is released by Remedy Entertainment & Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 in North America.
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is released by Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Casablanca, & Ubisoft for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, & PlayStation Portable in North America.
  • Rocket Knight is released by Climax Studios & Konami for the PlayStation 3 in North America.
  • Split/Second is released by Black Rock Studio & Disney Interactive Studios for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Java ME, & the OnLive cloud gaming service in North America.
  • Trauma Team is released by Atlus for the Wii in North America.
  • Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is released by Mistwalker, tri-Crescendo, Namco Bandai Games, & D3 Publisher for the Nintendo DS in North America.

2012

  • Max Payne 3 is released by Rockstar Vancouver and Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 in Europe & Australia.
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is released by Slant Six Games & Capcom for Microsoft Windows in North America & Europe.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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This Day In Gaming History – May 17th, 2013

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1989

  • Tengen holds a reception event gathering retailers, trade representatives, and the press for their launch of their version of Tetris.

1990

  • The Nintendo VS Galoob case is still on-going as Lewis Galoob Toys seeks a court declaration that their Game Genie device does not infringe on Nintendo’s copyrights.

2001

  • The 7th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event begins. At the event the 4th annual Game Critics Awards For The Best Of E3 are held as well. The event is once again held in Los Angeles, California, over a period of three days. 62,000 people were in attendance. During this E3, Microsoft unveils their Xbox (XB) console & Nintendo unveils their GameCube (GCN) console.

2004

  • J.C. Padilla scores a record high score of 2,181,619,994,299,256,480 on Giga Wing 2 for the Sega Dreamcast (DC). This also sets a record for the highest score for any video game.

2005

  • The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event for 2005 begins in Los Angeles, California. There were 400 exhibiting companies and 70,000 industry professionals from 79 countries in attendance. New systems from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft were unveiled during this event.
  • At Nintendo’s E3 press conference they report that they’ve sold two billion games since they entered the video game industry. Nintendo also discusses its online plan for the Nintendo DS (NDS). They will partner with GameSpy to have a Wi-Fi Internet connectivity service. A smaller version of the Game Boy Advance (GBA), the Game Boy Micro (GBM) is unveiled as well. It features a lighted color display, is 2 x 4 x 0.7 inches, & weighs 2.8 ounces making it the smallest cartridge-based game system ever. Nintendo also discussed the Revolution (Wii) console. It will feature: a proprietary DVD-size disc, GameCube (GCN) backwards compability, 512 MB flash memory, a SecureDigital slot, wireless controllers, a Virtual Console service allowing play of NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 games via by downloading them, & a planned Wi-Fi network.

2007

  • Halo 2 is released by Bungie Studios, Microsoft Game Studios, & Pi Studios for Microsoft Windows (PC) in Australia.

2009

  • The alpha version of Minecraft is released by Mojang for Microsoft Windows (PC).

2011

  • L.A. Noire is released by Team Bondi & Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • The First Templar is released by Haemimont Games & Kalypso Media for Microsoft Windows (PC) & Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • Fable III is released by Lionhead Studios & Microsoft Game Studios for Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is released by CD Projekt RED, Atari, Inc, & Namco Bandai Games for Microsoft Windows (PC).

2012

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is released by Dimps, Sonic Team, & Sega for iOS devices.

2013

  • Metro: Last Light is scheduled to be released by 4A Games & Deep Silver for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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This Day In Gaming History – May 16th, 2013

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1995

  • The 6th and final day of the 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held in Los Angeles, California.

1996

  • The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held over a period of three days in Los Angeles, CA. The event’s total attendance is 55,000.

1999

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. During this episode, a handheld video game system that resembled a Nintendo Game Boy (GB) is being played by a character on an airplane, which causes interference with the plane’s controls.

2001

  • The launch date for Microsoft’s first video game console, the Xbox (XB) is announced as being November 8th in the U.S. The price was announced as well, with a MSRP of $299.
  • The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) is previewed in Los Angeles, California by Nintendo. They also announce console’s launch dates for Japan & North America, September 14th and November 5th respectively.
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America announces their online plans for the PlayStation 2 (PS2). They will bring functions such as Web browsing, e-mail, media streaming, and instant messaging to the system. They also announced new accessories for the console to be available in November, an Ethernet/modem dubbed the PlayStation 2 Network Adapter, a 40 GB Hard Disk Drive, a LCD monitor, a USB keyboard, and a mouse.

2002

  • Final Fantasy XI is released by Square Product Development Division 3, Sony Computer Entertainment, & Square for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) in Japan at a MSRP of ¥7,800 (about $76.30).
  • DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix is released by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo & Konami for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) in Japan.

2003

  • The final day of the 9th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is held at Los Angeles Convention Center.

2005

  • At a pre-E3 press conference, Sony reveals their PlayStation 3 (PS3) console. Its features include a 3.2 GHz Cell processor, a 550 MHz Nvidia RSX graphics processor, wireless Bluetooth 2.0 for up to seven controllers, a Blu-Ray disc player, an Internet browser, a detachable hard disk drive, Wi-Fi connectivity with the PlayStation Portable, 512 KB Level 2 cache, 3.2 GHz 256 MB XDR main RAM, 700 MHz 256 MB GDDR3 video RAM, six USB 2.0 ports, a Memory Stick port, a SecureDigital port, a Compact Flash Type I, II port, an Ethernet port, support for screen sizes up to 1080 lines, and two HDMI video out ports for 32:9 aspect on two HD monitors.

2006

  • X-Men: The Official Game is released by Z-Axis Ltd., Beenox, Amaze Entertainment, WayForward Technologies, Hypnos Entertainment Inc., & Activision for the Game Boy Advance (GBA), Microsoft Windows (PC), Nintendo DS (NDS), Nintendo GameCube (GCN), PlayStation 2 (PS2), Xbox (XB), & Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic V is released by Nival Interactive, Freeverse Software (MAC), & Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows (PC) & Mac OS X (MAC) in Russia & Europe.

2007

  • Sony releases financial reports showing their games division lost $1.9 billion during the fiscal year.

2011

  • Terraria is released by Re-Logic & 505 Games for Microsoft Windows (PC).

2012

  • Game of Thrones is released by Cyanide & Atlus for Steam (STM) in North America.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is released by Dimps, Sonic Team, & Sega for PlayStation Network (PSN) in Europe & Japan and for Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) & Tegra 3 (TG3) devices.

2013

  • Mega Man 5 is scheduled to be released by Capcom for the Nintendo 3DS (3DS) in North America.
  • The Starship Damrey is scheduled to be released by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS (3DS) in North America.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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This Day In Gaming History – May 15th

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1995

  • Day 5 of the 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is held in Los Angeles, CA.

1996

  • The Nintendo 64 (N64) console is previewed by Nintendo in Los Angeles, California along with a demo of Super Mario 64.
  • The Pippin @World (PIPW) personal computer/video game console hybrid system is announced by Bandai Digital Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA. Accessories include a keyboard and a CD-ROM drive. The Pippin was billed as a computer that could be hooked up to a television and connect to the Internet. Bandai expected to start shipments in September. The MRSP for the Pippin was $599. The device was a complete failure and thus far has been both companies last foray into the video game home console market.

1999

  • Day 3, the final day of the 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is held.

2000

  • The Brain Boy Memory Cartridge is released by Pelican Accessories for the Game Boy Color (GBC) and Game Boy Pocket (GBP). It came with a built-in editor for use with Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow.

2002

  • The retail price for Microsoft’s Xbox (XB) console is reduced down to $199 in the U.S, $299 in Canada, and 24,800 yen in Japan (~$242.12).

2003

  • Enter the Matrix is released by Shiny Entertainment & Atari, Inc. for the GameCube (GCN), PlayStation 2 (PS2), Microsoft Windows (PC), & Xbox (XB) in Europe.
  • The remodel of the PlayStation 2 (PS2) console that Sony Computer Entertainment announced in April begins shipping in Japan. It features progressive scan DVD playback, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs support, a built-in infrared receiver, a quieter fan, and the IEEE 1394 FireWire port was removed.
  • Day 2 of the 9th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

2005

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. During this episode, a teacher says “…since the middle ages had no compact discs or Super Mario men…” Also in this episode a character is seen playing a Game Boy in private school. The teacher reacts by smashing it on the desk.
  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. In this episode there is a scene at a movie theater where a character says “Instead of video games, they have weird free newspapers.”

2006

  • NBC airs an episode The Apprentice TV show in the U.S. During this episode, two teams of job interview contestants are tasked to create displays of the Xbox 360 (360) for use in a department store.
  • New Super Mario Bros. is released by Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 & Nintendo for the Nintendo DS (NDS). It is the first side-scrolling/2D Mario game since 1992′s Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. It is also the first new entry in the series with “Super Mario Bros.” in the title since 1990′s Super Mario Bros. 3.

2007

  • MLB 07: The Show is released by SCE San Diego Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment America for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) in the U.S.
  • Resident Evil 4 is released by Capcom Production Studio 4, Capcom, Sourcenext, & Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.
  • Etrian Odyssey is released by Atlus & Lancarse for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in North America.

2008

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is released by Traveller’s Tales, Disney Interactive Studios, & Noviy Disk for the Xbox 360 (360), PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation 3 (PS3), Wii, Nintendo DS (NDS), & Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.
  • Luminous Arc 2 is released by imageepoch & Marvelous Entertainment Inc. for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in Japan.

2009

  • Battlestations: Pacific is released by Eidos Hungary (360/PC) & Robosoft Technologies (MAC) for the Xbox 360 (360), Microsoft Windows (PC), & Mac OS X (MAC) in PAL territories.

2012

  • Battleship is released by Double Helix Games (360/PS3), Magic Pockets (3DS/DS/Wii), & Activision for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360 (360), Wii, Nintendo DS (NDS), & Nintendo 3DS (3DS) in North America.
  • Diablo III is released by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows (PC) & Mac OS X (MAC).
  • Game of Thrones is released by Cyanide & Atlus for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • Max Payne 3 is released by Rockstar Vancouver & Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • PixelJunk 4am is released by Q-Games, Sony Computer Entertainment America, & Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for PlayStation 3 (PS3).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is released by Dimps, Sonic Team, & Sega for PlayStation Network (PSN) in North America & for Steam (STM).

2013

  • Terraria is scheduled to be released by Re-Logic & 505 Games for PlayStation Network (PSN) in Europe & Australia.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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This Day In Gaming History – May 14th

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1992

  • The Atari Vs. Nintendo case comes to an end as Federal District Court Judge Fern Smith drops all remaining charges against Nintendo, as the jury found that Atari didn’t suffer from Nintendo’s licensing strategy and it couldn’t be proven that Nintendo intended to monopolize the video game industry.

1995

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. During this episode, one character says “I’ll kick your butt… at Nintendo.”
  • In Los Angeles, CA, the 4th day of the 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held.

1999

  • The 2nd day of the 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held.

2001

  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons is released by Capcom, Flagship, & Nintendo for the Game Boy Color (GBC) in North America.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages is released by Capcom, Flagship, & Nintendo for the Game Boy Color (GBC) in North America.

2002

  • The price for Sony’s PSone (PS1) console is reduced to $49.00 and the PlayStation 2 (PS2) is lowered to $199.00 in the U.S.
  • The price for Sony’s PlayStation 2 (PS2) console is cut in Japan down to 29,000 yen (approximately $235.00).

2003

  • The price of Microsoft’s Xbox (XB) console is reduced in the U.S. down from $199.00 to $179.99.
  • The 9th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
  • The 6th annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E3 are held at E3.
  • Enter the Matrix is released by Shiny Entertainment & Atari, Inc. for the GameCube (GCN), PlayStation 2 (PS2), Microsoft Windows (PC), & Xbox (XB) in North America.

2005

  • The Nintendo World Store is opened by Nintendo in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York.

2006

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. During this episode a character is seen playing a handheld system which resembles the Sony PlayStation Portable.

2008

  • Total sales for the Xbox 360 (360) are reported by Microsoft to have reached 10 million units, achieving this before the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 (PS3) according to them, though other sources show the Wii achieving this in 2007.

2009

  • Killing Floor is released by Shatterline Productions & Tripwire Interactive for Microsoft Windows (PC), Mac OS X (Mac), & Linux (LIN).

2010

  • 3D Dot Game Heroes is released by Silicon Studio & SouthPeak Games for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) in Europe.
  • Skate 3 is released by EA Black Box & Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.
  • Alan Wake is released by Remedy Entertainment & Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.

2011

  • Sony beings to restore the PlayStation Network (PSN) following their security breach and outage. They also released a mandatory security firmware update which required users to update their passwords.

2013

  • EVE: DUST 514 is scheduled to be released by CCP Shanghai, CCP Games, & Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 (PS3).
  • Metro: Last Light is scheduled to be released by 4A Games & Deep Silver for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • Manhunt is scheduled to be released by Rockstar North & Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) via PlayStation Network (PSN) for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) Classics series in North America.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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This Day In Gaming History – May 13th

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1995

  • Day 3 of the 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held in Los Angeles, California.

1996

  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is released by Square & Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in North America.

1999

  • Interact Accessories demos the Sharkwire Online accessory kit for the Nintendo 64 at E3. Included with the kit are a modem cartridge, keyboard, telephone cord, & the Spyglass Device Mosaic Web browser. It allows users to access the Internet to send/receive e-mail and browse websites.
  • The 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held over three days in Los Angeles, CA with a total attendance of 55,000.
  • Konami ’80s Arcade Gallery (aka Konami Arcade Classics) is released by Konami for the PlayStation (PS1) in Japan.
  • The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) hosts the 2nd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at E3. The legendary strategy designer Sid Meier of Firaxis Games is inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame.

2000

  • Day 3, the final day of the 6th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held.

2001

  • Fox airs an episode of the Futurama TV show in the U.S. In an effort to keep people out of a room, one character says “There’s uh, a guy going for the Tetris world record in there!”
  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. When a character is asked what he likes playing, he says “Pokémon”, likely referring to the  popular handheld video game series.

2002

  • Nintendo announces they will begin selling a network adapter for the GameCube in the Fall as well as a separate dial-up modem. The MSRP for both is $35.00

2003

  • The Eye Toy accessory for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) is introduced by Sony Computer Entertainment. The Eye Toy is a camera that connects to the PS2 via a USB port.
  • Worldwide shipments to date for the PlayStation (PS1) and PlayStation 2 (PS2) are announced by Sony Computer Entertainment. The PS1 has 96.4 million with the PS2 coming in at 51 million.
  • PlayStation 2 (PS2) inventory is reduced in price in the U.S. to $179.00. A new SKU would be released in June that includes the Network Adaptor for a MSRP of $199.00. This updated PS2 will support re-writable DVDs and come with a quieter fan.

2005

  • Nickelodeon airs an episode of the The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the U.S. During this episode, one character tells another to clean up the garbage, and “…if you need me, I’ll be in my room playing video games.” In another seen three characters are seen playing a game called “Battle for Uranus” on a “V CUBE” game system.

2008

  • Drone Tactics is released by Atlus and Success for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in North America.

2010

  • Lost Planet 2 is released by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (360) in Australia.

2011

  • Brink is released by Splash Damage & Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows (PC, PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game is released by Traveller’s Tales & Disney Interactive Studios for the Nintendo DS (NDS), Nintendo 3DS (3DS), Wii, PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), & Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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This Day In Gaming History – May 12th

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1982

  • Coleco’s Arnold Greenberg signs an agreement with Universal to pay royalties on sales of Donkey Kong (Universal had claimed Donkey Kong infriged on King Kong).

1999

  • Prior to E3′s official beginning, Nintendo announces their newest console, which at the time was code-named Dolphin. It was stated as using a 400 MHz “Gekko” processor developed with IBM, based on the PowerPC processor. Project Dolphin would later be know as the Nintend GameCube (GCN), Nintendo’s first disc-based console.
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is released by Capcom for Arcades (ARC) in Japan.

2000

  • Day 2 of the 6th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held.

2003

  • Before E3 began, Microsoft announced their plans for their Xbox (XB) console. They also demoed Doom 3 and Halo 2.

2005

  • Nickelodeon airs an episode of The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the U.S. This episode has an arcade in a castle.
  • MTV airs a TV special hosted by Elijah Wood where Microsoft unveils their newest console the Xbox 360 (360).

2009

  • Battlestations: Pacific is released by Eidos Hungary (360/PC), Robosoft Technologies (MAC), & Eidos Interactive for the Xbox 360 (360), Microsoft Windows (PC), & Mac OS X (MAC) in North America.
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel is released by Ascaron, cdv Software Entertainment, & Deep Silver for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (360) in North America.

2010

  • Rocket Knight is released by Climax Studios & Konami for the Xbox 360 (360) & PlayStation 3 (PS3) in Europe & Japan & for the Xbox 360 (360) & Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.
  • Eschalon: Book II is releasd by Basilisk Games for Microsoft Windows (PC).
  • Things on Wheels is released by Load Inc. & Focus Home Interactive for Xbox 360 (360) & Microsoft Windows (PC).
  • Heroes of Newerth is released by S2 Games, Garena, & Ntreev Soft for Linux (LIN), Mac OS X (MAC), & Microsoft Windows (PC).

2011

  • Brink is released by Splash Damage & Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (360) in Australia.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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This Day In Gaming History – May 11th

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1995

  • The Sega Saturn (SAT), Sega’s 32-bit game console is released in North America for a MSRP of $349.00. A bundle with VirtuaFighter is released as well for $399.00. Sega had 30,000 units ready to go for launch and the Saturn (SAT) released with 10 launch titles. Sega did a $50 million marketing campaign to promote the system. The Saturn (SAT) would sell only around 1.3 million units during its lifetime in North America resulting a commerical failure for Sega and sowing the seeds for what would come with the Saturn’s (SAT) successor, the Sega Dreamcast (DC).
  • The first ever Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) begins in Los Angeles, CA. The show would run until May 13th. The show got its name from the Electronic Entertainment magazine. There were 350 exhibitors with 1300 games for on display for video game systems and computers. Total attendance for the 1995 E3 was 28,000 people. Sony enters the hardware market when they announced the PlayStation (PS1) console at their $4 million booth. Michael Jackson even made an appearance for them. The launch date of the PlayStation (PS1) as announced as September 9, with a retail price of $299.00. Also at the event, Atari announced a price cut to $149.00 for their Jaguar (JAG) system, and demos a Virtual Reality product for the system. SNK shows off what would be their last console to date, the NeoGeo CD (NGCD). It is priced at $500.00.
  • The trade magazine GameWeek (which was called Video Game Advisor at the time) debuts.

2000

  • At this Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Sega reduces the price of their Dreamcast (DC) by $50.00 making it $149.00. They also add in a free SegaNet subscription, for a limited time. This was likely due to it’s sales struggles and the impending arrival of the PlayStation 2 (PS2).

2004

  • The 6th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is held over the period of 3 days. During the event the 3rd annual Game Critics Awards are held as well, honoring the best of E3.
  • At E3 in Los Angeles, California, Nintendo reveals their newest portable system, the Nintendo DS (NDS). Features include an ARM 9 3D processor, ARM 7 2D processor, a pair of backlit 3-inch LCD screens, a DS compact card slot, a Game Boy Advance (GBA) cartridge slot, wireless abilities for up to 16-players, 802.11b wi-fi, a D-pad, seven face buttons and two shoulder buttons, a touch screen with a stylus, a standard headphone jack, and a built in microphone. Nintendo also mentions what later be called the Nintendo Wii when they announce their next console is tentatively called the Revolution. 
  • Also at E3 in Los Angeles, California, Sony Computer Entertainment unveils their first entry in the portable market, the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). Features of the PSP include: a pair of 333 MHz MIPS R4000 processors, 32 MB main RAM, 4 MB embedded DRAM, a 4.3-inch diagonal 16:9 TFCT LCD backlit widescreen display with 480×272 pixel resolution 16 million colors capability, a disc drive for their proprietary 1.8 GB Universal Media Disc (UMD), a Memory Stick Pro Duo slot, a standard USB 2.0 slot, 802.11b wi-fi, D-pad controller, face and shoulder buttons, an analog joystick, headphone and microphone jacks, an IrDA infrared interface, stereo speakers, and a lithium-ion battery. The PSP’s size is 170 x 74 x 23mm and it weighed 260 grams. It is announced as releasing in December in Japan and March in the U.S. Sony also announced a price drop for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) in the U.S., going from $179.00 to $149.00.
  • The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) hosts the 3rd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. During the event Square Enix’s Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series, is inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame.

2005

  • Firmware version 1.51 is released by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in Japan.
  • MapleStory is released by Wizet & Nexon for Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.

2006

  • Sony applies for a handheld related patent which is for handheld game system made from flexible polymers.
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is released by EA Los Angeles and Electronic Arts for the Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.

2010

  • 3D Dot Game Heoes is released by Atlus for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) in North America.
  • Skate 3 is released by EA Black Box & Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (360) in North America & Australia.
  • Lost Planet 2 is released by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (360) in North America & Europe.

2012

  • Street Fighter X Tekken is released by Dimps, QLOC, & Capcom for Microsoft Windows (PC).

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

This Day In Gaming History – May 10th

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1983

  • Atari & MCA Video Games form a joint venture. They will create arcade games, console games, & computer games based on movies, television shows, & other MCA properties.

1984

  • King’s Quest: Quest for the Crown is released by Sierra On-Line & IBM for the IBM PC (PC) & Apple II (AP2).

2000

  • Metal Gear Solid 2 for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) has its world premiee at Universal Studios in California.
  • In Los Angeles, California, Sony announces the PlayStation 2′s launch price ($299.00), its North American launch date (October 26th), & more details about the system. Sony said there woudl be 51 games available launch day. First party games would retail for $49.00 each. Bundled with the system will be one DualShock 2 controller. Other accessories including extra controllers, an 8 MB memory card, a multiplayer attachment will be sold separately for $34.00 each. A DVD decoder was included in the chipset.
  • The Nintendo 64′s Funtastic Series of consoles is released. Available colors were: Watermelon, Ice, Jungle, Fire, Smoke, & Grape.

2002

  • The Afterburner mod kit is released by Triton Labs for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA) in the U.S for $35.00. The Afterburner is designed to provide backlight for the original Game Boy Advance (GBA). Nintendo would later use similar technology for their Game Boy Advance SP (GBASP).

2004

  • At a press conference in Los Angeles, California, Microsoft announces the release date for Halo 2. They also show a video called “The Novice”, which was likely a spoof of The Apprentice. In the video Donald Trump pokes fun at fake Sony executives, & praises Microsoft for their online video game plans. Halo 2 will release with multiplayer support on November 9th. EA also announces it will now include Xbox Live support in its games.
  • The Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy concert is held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. It was a two hour concert sponsored by Square Enix. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & Los Angeles Master Chorale are lead by conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. They perform fourteen songs by the famous game composer Nobuo Uematsu from the Final Fantasy series.
  • Custom Robo is released by Noise & Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube (GCN) in North America. This was the first Custom Robo title to be released outside of Japan.

2005

  • Metal Slug 4&5 is released by SNK for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) & Microsoft Xbox (XB) in the U.S.
  • Haunting Ground is released by Capcom for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) in North America.

2006

  • The Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) begins. It is held over three days, May 10th – May 12th. During E3, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo would likely no longr produce new iterations of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA).
  • SiN Episode 1 is released by Ritual Entertainment for Microsoft Windows (PC).
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is released by EA Los Angeles & Electronic Arts for the Microsoft Xbox 360 (360) in North America.

2011

  • Brink is released by Splash Damage & Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows (PC), Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Microsoft Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game is released by Traveller’s Tales & Disney Interactive Studios for the Nintendo DS (NDS), Nintendo 3DS (3DS), Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), Microsoft Xbox 360 (360), Mac OS X (Mac), & the OnLive (OL) cloud gaming service.
  • MX vs. ATV Alive is released by Rainbow Studios & THQ for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Microsoft Xbox 360 (360).
  • Virtua Tennis 4 is released by SEGA-AM3 & Sega for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), Microsoft Xbox 360 (360), & Nintendo Wii in North America.

2012

  • Starhawk is released by LightBox Interactive, SCE Santa Monica Studio, & Sony Computer Entertainment for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) in Japan.

2013

  • Carmageddon is scheduled to be released by Stainless Games, SCi, & Interplay for Android (AND) mobile devices.
  • Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine is scheduled to be released by Pocketwatch Games & Majesco Entertainment for the Microsoft Xbox 360 (360).

This Day In Gaming History – May 9th

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2002

  • Sony Computer Entertainment announces that as of May 5th, it has shipped 30 million units for their PlayStation 2 (PS2) console worldwide. 11.3 million were shipped in North America, 9.9 million in Japan, and 8.8 million in Europe.

2003

  • Burnout 2: Point of Impact is released by Criterion Games and Acclaim Entertainment for the Nintendo GameCube (GCN) and Microsoft Xbox (XB) in Europe.

2005

  • Nickelodeon airs an episode of The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the U.S. In this episode characters are seen going to a video game arcade and play a game called “CATFIGHTER”. Another scene takes place in at a party in a restaurant, which has several arcade video games.
  • Donkey Konga 2 is released by Namco and Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube (GCN) in North America.

2006

  • Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends is released by Big Huge Games and Microsoft Game Studios for Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.

2010

  • Fox airs an episode The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. During this episode, a spoof of the the game Dance Dance Revolution for Nintendo Wii is shown. It is callled Zii Dance Dance Evolution.
  • A black version of the Nintendo Wii console is released by Nintendo in North America. Previously the Wii was only available in white.

2012

  • The hit PC game Minecraft is released by Mojang, 4J Studios, and Microsoft Studios for the Microsoft Xbox 360 (360) worldwide.

2013

  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is scheduled to be released by Nintendo Software Technology (NST) and Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS (3DS) through the Nintendo eShop in North America and Europe.