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This Day in Video Game History: October 25

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

Today marks the anniversary of WMS Gaming halting production of its legendary pinball machines and game cabinets. 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

    Zork III 1982

    Time magazine featured Pac-Man on the cover along with the headline, “THE PAC MEN Turning Cash into Votes”.

    Release 12 of the Infocom interactive fiction game Zork III was published for IBM-compatible. It was the third game in the popular Zork trilogy, and it was Infocom’s fourth game.


    SNK released Super Baseball 2020 for the Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Sega Genesis, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System.


    Microprose released the single-player X-COM: UFO Defense turn-based tactics game for the PlayStation. (ESRB: KA)


    SNK released the Samurai Shodown IV versus fighting game for the Neo Geo, PlayStation, and Sega Saturn.


    Acclaim Entertainment released the Extreme-G racing game for the Nintendo 64 in North America. (ESRB: KA)

    Star Wars Episode I pinball 1999

    The world's largest arcade and pinball game manufacturer, the legendary WMS Gaming, announced plans to stop manufacturing pinball games and arcade cabinets, marking the death of the arcade era. The popular Star Wars Episode I pinball unit would be the product manufactured by WMS.


    Gathering of Developers released the single-player game Blair Witch Volume 2: The Legend of Coffin Rock for Windows in the U.S. (ESRB: M)

    Namco released the Tekken Tag Tournament versus fighting game for the PlayStation 2 in North America. It's the fourth installment in the popular Tekken series. (ESRB: M)

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

    Tecmo released DOA2: Hardcore edition for the PlayStation 2 in North America. (ESRB: T)

    THQ released the single-player Summoner roleplaying game for the PlayStation 2 in North America. (ESRB: T)


    Konami released the Spyro: Season of Flame platform game for the Game Boy Advance in Europe. (ELSPA: 3+)

    Rockstar Games's third-person shooter Max Payne for the PlayStation 2 in Europe goes Platinum.


    Activision and id Software announced that an official DOOM 3 expansion pack was under development. The expansion would feature new characters, locations, and weapons, including the a return of the double-barreled shotgun.

    Nintendo released the side-scrolling action role-playing game Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the Game Boy Advance in North America. (ESRB: E)

    Rockstar Games released the Grand Theft Auto Advance driving game for the Game Boy Advance in Europe and North America. (ESRB: M)


    2K Games released the Civilization IV turn-based strategy game for Windows in North America. (ESRB: E10+)

    Call of Duty 2 Activision released the first-person shooting game Call of Duty 2 for Windows in Europe and North America. The PC version was highly criticized for not living up to the Xbox 360 version, which was released a month later. (ESRB: T)

    Activision released the X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse for the PlayStation Portable in the US. (ESRB: T)

    Bandai released the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex third-person shooting game, based on the popular anime series, for the PlayStation Portable in the U.S. (ESRB: T)

    EA Games released the first-person shooter (FPS) Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Xbox 360 in North America. (ESRB: T)

    Eidos Interactive released Lego Star Wars: The Video Game for the GameCube in the U.S. (ESRB: E)

    Empire Interactive released the Taito Legends game compilation for Windows, the PlayStation 2, and Xbox in the U.S It included twenty-nine arcade games: Battle Shark, Bubble Bobble, Operation Wolf, Rainbow Islands, Rastan, Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part II, and Zoo Keeper, among others. (ESRB: T)

    Namco released the Soul Calibur 3 fighting game for the PlayStation 2 in the US. It was the fourth overall installment in the Soul series of fighting games. The game will be well-received, winning E3's 2005 Best Fighting Game award. (ESRB: T)

    Rockstar Games released the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in North America. It was the seventh game in the Grand Theft series. (ESRB: M)

    Sega released the run and gun game Gunstar Super Heroes for the Game Boy Advance in the U.S. (ESRB: E10+)

    Ubisoft announced that its Assassin's Creed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which had not yet even been released, had already gone gold due to preorders.

    Gears of War 2006

    Microsoft Game Studios announced that its third-person shooter Gears of War had gone gold even before its release due to preorders.

    The Entertainment Consumers Association, a video game industry activism and lobbying group, acquired the blog, which covered news on entertainment legislation.