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This Day In Gaming History – May 8th

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1990

  • The popular Game Genie cheat device is introduced by Lewis Galoob Toys for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The original Game Genie was designed to protrude from the NES when it was used and thus it was not possible to push down the game into the bay as you normally would. It would lead to a series of other Game Genie devices for other systems during this time period.

2005

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons the U.S. An arcade reference is made when a mom asks her son “Do you want to go to the video arcade?” 
  • Fox airs a second episode of the The Simpsons in the U.S. A boy character is playing a Game Boy while getting his hair cut in one scene.

2007

  • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam is released by SuperVillain Studios and Activision for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) in North America.
  • Driver 76 is released by Sumo Digital, Ubisoft Reflection, and Ubisoft for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in North America.

2008

  • Boom Blox is released by EA Los Angeles, Amblin Interactive, and Electronic Arts for the Nintendo Wii in Australia.

2009

  • Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis is released by Fusionsphere Systems, Animation Arts, Keen Games (Wii/DS), and Deep Silver for Microsoft Windows (WIN), Nintendo DS (NDS) and Nintendo Wii.

2012

  • Starhawk is released by LightBox Interactive, SCE Santa Monica Studio, and Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) in North America.
  • Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen is released by Her Interactive for Mac OS X (MAC) and Microsoft Windows (WIN).

2013

  • Crash Course 2 (AKA Doritos Crash Course 2) is scheduled to be released by BHVR and Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360 (XB360).

This Day In Gaming History – May 7th

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1967

  • Ralph Baer, the “Father of Video Games,” performs his first tests for his circuit for a simple block chase game using a standard TV set.

1992

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons in the U.S which mentions arcades. A character in this episode says “Let’s go to the arcade.”

2001

  • Mario Party 3 is released by Hudson Soft & Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 (N64) in North America. This would be the last Mario Party title to appear on the N64.

2004

  • Van Helsing is released by Saffire & Vivendi Universal Games for the Xbox (XB) in PAL territories.

2010

  • What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 is released by Acquire, Sony Computer Entertainment, & Nippon Ichi Software for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in Europe.

2013

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution was originally scheduled to be released by Eidos Montreal, Straight Right, and Square Enix for the Wii U, but Square Enix said recently that the release date is not confirmed. The game may come out today, it might not.
  • Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is scheduled to be released by Tecmo for the PlayStation Network (PSN) in North America.

This Day In Gaming History – May 6th

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1982

  • The Donkey Kong/King Kong infringement issue is discussed as Nintendo of America’s Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln meet with Coleco Industries and Universal Studios.

1995

  • The Ultra 64 (later would be known as Nintendo 64) video game console is announced by Nintendo of America. It features a 93.75 MHz MIPS R4300i processor manufactured by NEC with 16 kB instruction cache, 8 kB data cache, 64-bit integer and floating-point units, a 32-bit system interface, and a 62.5 MHz Reality Co-processor chip which controls audio/video processing. The announced target release date is April 1996.

1998

  • The DualShock Controller for the PlayStation (PS1) is released in North America.

2003

  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is released by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo & Konami for the Game Boy Advance (GBA) in North America.
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War is released by Gray Matter Interactive, id Software, Nerve Software, Splash Damage, & Activision for the Xbox (XB) in North America.

2004

  • Samurai Warriors is released by Omega Force & Koei for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) in North America.

2006

  • BBC airs an episode of Doctor Who in the United Kingdom where the character Mickey Smith is seen wearing a t-shirt with a NES controller that says “Know Your Roots.”

2008

  • Boom Blox is released by EA Los Angeles, Amblin Interactive, & Electronic Arts for the Nintendo Wii (Wii) in North America.
  • Speed Racer: The Videogame is released by Sidhe Interactive, Virtuos (NDS), WB Games, & Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the Nintendo DS (NDS) and Nintendo Wii (Wii) in North America.

2011

  • The First Templar is released by Haemimont Games, Kalypso Media, and FX Interactive (Italy and Spain) for Microsoft Windows (PC) and Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.

This Day In Gaming History – May 5th

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1951

  • On May 5th, 1951, Ferranti’s NIMROD computer was shown at the Science Museum in London during the Festival of Britain. It used a light panel for its display and was designed to play a game called NIM. NIMROD was the first computer designed specifically to play a game. NIMROD could play a traditional or reverse form of the game.

1992

  • The revolutionary first person shooter, Wolfenstein 3D is released by id Software and Apogee Software for MS-DOS internationally. Wolfenstein 3D would lead to the popularization of the first person shooter genre and pave the way for games such as Doom, Quake, Call of Duty, Goldeneye 007, Half-Life, Rainbow Six, Halo, Deus Ex, Far Cry, Timespliters, and many, many more. It is considered the “father” of the first person shooter genre.

1996

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons in the U.S which features two arcade games: “Great White Hunter” and “Nuke.”

2005

  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is released by The Collective, Inc., Ubisoft Montreal (GBA/NDS), LucasArts, and Ubisoft (GBA/NDS) for the   PlayStation 2 (PS2), Xbox (XB), Game Boy Advance (GBA), Nintendo DS (NDS), Mobile Phones (MOB), and as a Handheld TV Game (HHTV).

2006

  • Nintendo makes an announcement discussing the Wii’s launch window titles saying there will be over 30 games available during this period.
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is released by Grin and Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows (WIN) in Europe.

2008

  • Crosswords DS is released by Nuevo Retro Games, Nintendo Software Technology, and Nintendo for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in North America.

2009

  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is released by Pipeworks Software (Wii/WIN/XB360), Fizz Factor (NDS), and Majesco Entertainment for Microsoft Windows (WIN), Wii, Nintendo DS (NDS), Xbox 360 (XB360), and the OnLive Cloud Gaming Service (OLC).

2010

  • Dementium II is released by Renegade Kid and SouthPeak Interactive for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in North America.

2011

  • Virtua Tennis 4 is released by SEGA-AM3 and Sega for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), Wii, and Xbox 360 (XB360) in Australia.

This Day In Gaming History – May 4th

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1999

  • Pocket Dungeon is released by Sony CEI the PocketStation (PCKTS) in Japan.

2004

  • Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain is released by SCE Bend Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 (PS2).
  • UEFA Euro 2004: Portugal is released by EA Canada, EA Sports, and Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows (WIN), PlayStation 2 (PS2), and Xbox (XB) in the U.S.
  • Rallisport Challenge 2 is released by Digital Illusions and Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox in North America.

2005

  • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) airs an episode of the Maya & Miguel TV show in the U.S. A bet is made to see if a child can stop playing video games for a week. The system shown resembles a combination of a Sega Dreamcast with a Sony PlayStation DualShock Controller.

2007

  • Spider-Man 3 is released by Activision, Beenox (WIN), Treyarch (PS3/XB360), and Vicarious Visions (GBA/NDS/PS2/Wii) for the Game Boy Advance (GBA) and PlayStation 3 (PS3) in North America, and for Microsoft Windows (WIN), Nintendo DS (NDS), PlayStation 2 (PS2), Wii, and Xbox 360 (XB360) worldwide.

2009

  • Sneeze is released by Channel 4, Oil Productions, Player 3, and Wellcome Trust as a browser-based game.

2010

  • The first Humble Indie Bundle is released. It originally featured: World of Goo by 2D Boy, Aquaria by Bit Blot, Gish by Cryptic Sea, Penumbra: Overture by Frictional Games, and Lugaru HD by Wolfire Games. The bundle would go on to become a great success and lead to a series of indie bundles being released.
  • What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 is released by Acquire and Nippon Ichi Software for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in North America.
  • Iron Man 2 is released by Griptonite Games/Sega Studios San Francisco (Nintendo DS (NDS), PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360 (XB360), Mobile (MOB)), High Voltage Software (Wii, PlayStation Portable (PSP)), Gameloft (iOS), and Sega for the Nintendo DS (NDS), PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360 (XB360), Mobile (MOB), Wii, PlayStation Portable (PSP), [iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (iOS)].

2011

  • The manga Mega Man Gigamix Volume 1 is released by Udon Entertainment in North America.
  • Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword is released by Snowberry Connection, Sich Studio, TaleWorlds, Paradox Interactive, and 1C Company for Microsoft Windows in North America & Europe.

This Day In Gaming History – May 3rd

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1972
  • The Odyssey video game console is shown by Magnavox at a trade show in Phoenix, Arizona.

1982

  • Walt Disney Productions sues Williams Electronics for infringing on Disney’s Tron trademark. Williams’ arcade game Robotron is the reason for the lawsuit.

1983

  • Mattel sues Atari, alleging that Atari lured away three employees who helped Atari develop game cartridges that were compatible with Mattel’s Intellivision video game system.

2002

  • The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) video game console is released by Nintendo in Europe. It is the first Nintendo console to use discs as a medium instead of cartridges.
  • Sonic Adventure 2 Battle is released by Sonic Team USA and Sega for the Nintendo GameCube (GCN) in Europe.

2005

  • Forza Motorsport is released by Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox (XB) in North America.
  • Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee is released by Clap Hanz and Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in North America.
  • Pariah is released by Digital Extremes and Groove Games for the Xbox (XB) and Microsoft Windows (WIN).
  • Enthusia Professional Racing is released by Konami for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) in North America.

2006

  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is released by Grin and Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows (WIN) in North America.

2009

  • Fox airs and episode of The Simpsons in the U.S. which features two video game references. Homer is shown playing a game that resembles Microsoft’s Halo. Homer says “Where’s my video games? My Xbox, my Wii?”

2010

  • Picross 3D is released by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in North America.

2011

  • MotorStorm: Apocalypse is released by Evolution Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) in North America.
  • Thor: God of Thunder is released by Liquid Entertainment (PS3/XB360), Red Fly Studios (Wii), WayForward Technologies (NDS), and Sega for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360 (XB360), Wii, and Nintendo DS (NDS) in North America.

2012

  • Nexuiz is released by Illfonic and THQ for Microsoft Windows (WIN) via Steam in North America.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

This Day In Gaming History – May 2nd

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1995

  • 3DO demonstrates their M2 3-D technology for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer video game system which would become more commonly known as simply 3DO.

2002

  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is released by Bethesda Game Studios and Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows (WIN) in Europe.

2004

  • Fox airs an episode of Malcolm in the Middle in the U.S. In this episode there is a scene in a restaurant with video games, which focuses on a dance game called “Jump Jump Dance Party!” which is obviously a reference to Dance Dance Revolution.

2008

  • Iron Man is released by Secret Level (PS3/XB360), Artificial Mind and Movement (NDS/PS2/PSP/WII/WIN), and Sega for the PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), Wii, Nintendo DS (NDS), Xbox 360 (XB360), Mobile (MOB), Microsoft Windows (WIN).

2012

  • The Korean e-Sports Association, Ongamenet, Blizzard Entertainment, and GOM TV announced that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty would be added to professional competitions in South Korea. StarCraft: Brood War would be completely phased out in October.
  • Sniper Elite V2 is released at retail by Rebellion Oxford, Rebellion Developments (WIN), and 505 Games (PS3/XB360) for Microsoft Windows (WIN), PlayStation 3 (PS3), and Xbox 360 (XB360) in North America. The Steam version was released two days prior on April 30th.
  • Mortal Kombat (2011) is released by NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation Vita in Asia.
  • Fable Heroes is released by Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360′s Xbox Live Arcade service.

2013

  • Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness & Might & Magic Heroes VI: Complete Edition are scheduled for release by Black Hole Entertainment, Limbic Entertainment, Virtuos, and Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows (WIN).

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

This Day In Gaming History – May 1st

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1987

  • Castlevania is released by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in North America.

1992

  • A jury in San Francisco, CA finds that Nintendo’s licensing program had not hurt Atari in the Atari vs. Nintendo lawsuit, stating that Nintendo did not try to monopolize the video game industry. However, the jury does not reach a decision regarding issues of illegal maintenance of a monopoly and unfair restraint of trade that Atari had alleged against Nintendo.
  • A price drop is announced by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in the U.S.

1995

  • Mortal Kombat 3 Version 2.0 is released by Midway Amusement Games for arcades in the U.S.

1996

  • The video game websites GameSpot and GameFAQs are launched. The two sites would later merge their message boards under the CBS Interactive banner between 2004-2006.

1997

  • Gambia (a country in western Africa) issues a postage stamp which features dogs from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians playing a video game system.

1999

  • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is released by Nintendo for the Game Boy Color (GBC) in the U.S.

2003

  • Burnout 2: Point of Impact is released by Criterion Games and Acclaim Entertainment for the Xbox (XB) in North America.

2005

  • Pokémon Emerald is released by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance (GBA) in North America.

2009

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine is released by Raven Software (PC/PS3/XB360), Amaze Entertainment (PS2/Wii), Griptonite Games (DS/PSP), and Activision for Microsoft Windows (PC), Nintendo DS (DS), PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), Wii, and Xbox 360 (XB360).

2011

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons in the U.S. An arcade called The Noiseland Arcade is shown. It features fictional arcade games such as: CaterKiller 2, Click Clack, Triangle Wars, and Time Waster.

2012

  • The Exiled Realm of Arborea (TERA) is released by Bluehole Studio and En Masse Entertainment for Microsoft Windows (WIN) in North America.
  • The Legend of Dragoon (originally released on PlayStation in 2000) is re-released by SCEI and Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Network (PSN) in North America.
  • Mortal Kombat (2011): Komplete Edition is released by NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation Vita (PSV) in North America.

2013

  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is scheduled to be released by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows (WIN), PlayStation Network (PSN), and Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) in Europe (PSN) and worldwide (WIN/XBLA).
  • Fez is scheduled to be released by Polytron Corporation, Microsoft Studios, and Trapdoor for Microsoft Windows (WIN) worldwide.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

This Day In Gaming History – April 30th

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1982

Judge Milton Feller of the New York Superior Court declares that a gaming-based ordinance in Garwood, New Jersey, is unconstitutional. The ordinance required video game players to be at least 18 years old.

1995

Full Throttle (DOS/MAC/WIN) is released by LucasArts.

1997

Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter (WIN) is released by Totally Games and LucasArts.

1998

Panzer Dragoon Saga (SAT) is released by Team Andromeda and Sega in North America.

1999

A Bug’s Life (N64) is released by Traveller’s Tales abd Activision in Europe.

Pokémon Stadium 2 (N64) is released by Nintendo EAD, HAL Laboratory, and Nintendo in Japan. Outside of Japan this game is known as just Pokémon Stadium. The original Japan-only Pokémon Stadium included fewer Pokémon and never released outside of Japan.

Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast (MAC/WIN) is released by BioWare, Black Isle Studios, and Interplay Entertainment.

2000

Grand Theft Auto 2 (DC) is released by DMA Design and Rockstar Games in North America.

2002

Resident Evil (GCN) is released by Capcom Production Studio 4 and Capcom in North America.

2005

Nintendo’s final competition event for their Pokémon Emerald contest is held in Seattle, Washington featuring top players from the U.S. and Canada. The winner of the competition is Chris Darling.

2008

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor (WIN) is released by Stardock.

2013

Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut (PS3) is scheduled to be released by by Access Games, ToyBox Inc., Marvelous Entertainment,  and Rising Star Games in North America.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PS3 via PSN) is scheduled to be released by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft in North America.

Poker Night 2 (PS3 via PSN) is scheduled to released by Telltale Games in North America.

Soul Sacrifice (PSV) is scheduled to be released by Marvelous AQL, SCE Japan Studio, and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan in North America.

Zeno Clash II (PS3/WIN/XB360) is scheduled to be released by ACE Team and Atlus.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

This Day In Gaming History – April 26th

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1999

  • Super Smash Bros. (N64) is released by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo in North America. The game would go on to become a top-selling title for the N64 and spawn a new successful series for Nintendo as well, with new entries for 3DS & Wii U currently under development.

2001

  • Senators Joe Lieberman and Herb Kohl introduce the Media Marketing Accountability Act in the U.S Senate. The act is proposed legislation intended to give the Federal Trade Commission the authority to prosecute members of the entertainment industry who market adult-rated products to children.

2002

  • Microsoft lowers the retail price for their Xbox console in Europe.
  • Nickelodeon airs an episode of The Fairly Oddparents in the U.S. which features a handheld game system that resembles a Game Boy Color.

2004

  • Business Week magazine features an article about the number of video game players who see advertisements on TV. An Xbox controller is used to represent video games.

2005

  • Resident Evil Outbreak: File #2 (PS2) is released by Capcom in North America.
  • Psychonauts (WIN) is released by Double Fine Productions and Majesco Entertainment in North America.
  • Pac-Pix (NDS) is released by Namco in North America.

2007

  • The Federal Communications Commission in the U.S. releases a report discussing the impact of media violence on children. In the report the FCC says Congress could regulate violence on television without being in violation of the First Amendment.
  • The head of Sony’s PlayStation division, Ken Kutaragi announces he will be retiring and taking the role of Honorary Chairman. The Father of the PlayStation had been a key figure in Sony’s entering the video game market. All PlayStation consoles and handhelds (not counting re-designs) were released under his watch until the release of the PlayStation Vita in 2011/2012.

2010

  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley (PSP) is released by Marvelous Entertainment and Natsume in North America.

2011

  • Darkspore (WIN) is released by Maxis Software and Electronic Arts in North America.

2012

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (MAC OS X) is released by Eidos Montreal and Feral Interactive in North America and Europe.
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters (WIN via STEAM) is released by Piranha Bytes and Deep Silver in North America.

2013

  • Mars: War Logs (WIN) is scheduled to be released by Spiders and Focus Home Interactive.
  • Poker Night 2 (MAC OS X/WIN via STEAM) is scheduled to be released worldwide by Telltale Games.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia