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This Day in Video Game History: November 10

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

Today marks the anniversary of a precedent-setting injunction against a law restricting the sale of violent video games. Read 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

    1983

    Activision laid off much of its personnel due to a depression in the home game market.

    1986

    At the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, Atari demonstrated the monitor box from JNL Industries, a touch screen system from Video Touch, and its own SX212 1200 baud modem. The booth prominently featured the slogan “Atari Means Business.”

    1994

    Sega released the Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble for the Game Gear in the U.S. (ESRB: E)

    1995

    Sony Computer Entertainment released Warhawk for the PlayStation in the U.S. (ESRB: KA)

    1996

    Eidos released the single-player The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga platform game for personal computers in the U.S. (ESRB: T)

    1998

    Acclaim Entertainment released NFL Quarterback Club ‘99 for the Nintendo 64 in the U.S. It was among the first games to feature the Expansion Pak RAM add-on, which enables games to feature greater screen resolution. (ESRB: E)

    Midway Games released the racing game Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA for the Nintendo 64 in the U.S. It was the second game in the San Francisco Rush trilogy. (ESRB: E)

    2000

    Sony Computer Entertainment of America released the Spyro: Year of the Dragon platform game for the PlayStation in Europe. (ELSPA: 3+)

    2002

    Atlus Co. released the single-player Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest simulation game for the GameCube in North America. (ESRB: E)

    Sega released the NHL 2K3 hockey game for the PlayStation 2 in the U.S. (ESRB: E)

    2003

    Nintendo released Mario Party 5 for the GameCube in North America. (ESRB: E)

    2004

    EA Sports released FIFA Football 2005 for the Nokia N-Gage in the U.S. (ESRB: E)

    2005

    entertainment software association logo The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that a U.S. District Court had granted an injunction preventing Michigan Public Act 107 from being implemented. 107 was a law making it a criminal offense to knowingly sell or rent an "ultra-violent explicit video game harmful to minors" under the age of seventeen. Those who violated the law, which would have gone into effect December 1st, would have faced fines between five and fourty thousand dollars and up to ninty-three days in prison. Judge George Steeh granted the injunction stating that, "it is unlikely that the State can demonstrate a compelling interest in preventing a perceived 'harm'" and that "the Act will likely have a chilling effect on adults' expression, as well as expression that is fully protected as to minors. The response to the Act's threat of criminal penalties will likely be responded to by self-censoring by game creators, distributors and retailers, including ultimately pulling 'T' and 'M'-rated games off stores shelves altogether." Even more significantly, Steeh found that the brain imaging and social research used as evidence by the state in its attempt to uphold the law was "unpersuasive and insufficient to sustain the argument that violent video games cause aggressive behavior." The ruling set an important precedent, as the same research was used by legislators in both Illinois and California to support similar bills.

    2006

    Activision released the first-person shooter Call of Duty 3 for the Xbox and Xbox 360 in Europe. (PEGI: 16+)

    Nintendo released the role-playing game Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team for the Nintendo DS in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)

    Nintendo released the role-playing game Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team for Game Boy Advance in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)

    Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories Rockstar Games released the driving game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in Australia and Europe. It was a prequel to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and successor to the previous PSP release, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. (BBFC: 18, OFLC: MA15+, PEGI: 18+, USK: 16)

    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe released Buzz! The Sports Quiz for the PlayStation 2 in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)

    THQ released the wrestling game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable (PSP), and Xbox 360 in Europe. (PEGI: 16+)

    Ubisoft released the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent stealth-based game for Windows in Europe. It was the fourth installment in the Splinter Cell series of video games. (PEGI: 18+)