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This Day in Video Game History: October 20

by: Pipedreamergrey ; edited by: M.S. Smith ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Today marks the anniversary of the release of the Doom film adaptation. Read about it and more in "This Day in Video Game History", a chronology of notable business, film, game, and media events in and related to the video game industry on this day in history.

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    This Day in Video Game History

    1975

    Atari Inc filed for a patent on the Jet Fighter game cabinet.

    1982

    Release 17 of the Infocom interactive fiction game Starcross was released for IBM-compatible computers.

    1985

    Release 13 of the Infocom interactive fiction game Sorcerer written by Steve Meretzky was released for IBM-compatible computers. It was the second game in the “Enchanter trilogy”, following Enchanter and Infocom’s eleventh game.

    1994

    Capcom released Demon's Crest for Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the U.S.

    Game Boy Color 1998

    Nintendo released the Game Boy Color portable video game system in Japan, featuring a 2.1 MHz processor and 32KB RAM. 32.47 million units will be sold in that country alone.

    1999

    Sony Computer Entertainment of America released the racing game Crash Team Racing for the PlayStation in Europe. (ELSPA: 3+)

    2000

    Microsoft Game Studios released the single-player Metal Gear Solid stealth action game for Windows in Europe. (ELSPA: 15+)

    2002

    Nintendo released Mario Party 4 for the GameCube in North America. (ESRB: E)

    2003

    Star Wars Rogue Squadron III - Rebel Strike Activision released the Empires: Dawn of the Modern World real-time strategy (RTS) game for Windows in North America. (ESRB: T)

    Konami released Castlevania: Lament of Innocence for the PlayStation 2 in North America. Set in 1094, it was the first installment in the Castlevania series chronologically. (ESRB: M)

    LucasArts released Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike for the GameCube in the U.S. The game simulated the battles of the original Star Wars trilogy. (ESRB: T)

    Namco released a port of the popular arcade game Time Crisis 3 for the PlayStation 2 in North America. (ESRB: T)

    2004

    Tron 2.0 Buena Vista Interactive released Tron 2.0: Killer App for the Game Boy Advance in the U.S. The game is a sequel to the 1982 film Tron. (ESRB: E)

    The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas driving game is leaked online prior to its official release date.

    2005

    Electronic Arts announced last week that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Hollywood director, Steven Spielberg.

    Konami released Pro Evolution Soccer 5 for Windows, the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)

    Sony Computer Entertainment released the racing game WRC: Rally Evolved for the PlayStation 2 in Europe. It was the fifth game in the World Rally Championship video game in the series. (PEGI: 3+)

    Doom Universal Pictures released the sci-fi film Doom (R), based on the hit first-person shooter of the same name. The film was directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and stared The Rock. In it, a unit of armed soldiers are dispatched when something goes wrong at a research facility on Mars. The staff have begun transforming into something terrible, and as the team moves through the facility, they are picked off one-by-one. Produced on a budget of US$60 million, the film grossed US$15,488,870 domestically in its opening weekend. Running Time: 1 hr 40 min

    2006

    EA Games released the expansion pack The Sims 2: Pets for the The Sims 2 simulation game for Windows in Brazil and Europe. (ESRB: T)

    THQ released the Destroy All Humans! 2 third-person shooting game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in Europe. (ESRB: T)

    THQ released the single-player game Jaws Unleashed, based on the 1975 film Jaws, for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in Europe. (ESRB: M)

    Vivendi Games released the Caesar IV simulation game for Windows in Europe. (PEGI: 12+)