This Day in Video Game History
In Chicago, the 1977 Amusement & Music Operator’s Association convention was held through October 30th at the Conrad Hilton Hotel. At the event, Atari demonstrates twenty-four of its coin-operated games, including five new releases: 2-Game Module, Canyon Bomber, Destroyer, Player’s Choice, and Ultra Tank.
Acclaim released the Mortal Kombat versus fighting game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe.
SNK released the Samurai Shodown II weapon-based versus fighting game for Windows, the PlayStation, and Xbox 360 in the U.S.
Casual Games launches the Slingo online game on AOL, a cross between Bingo and a slot machine. Over the course of the coming decade, over 3.3 billion games of Slingo would be played, making it one of the most popular ever.
SNK released its NeoGeo Pocket handheld video game system in Japan, featuring a 6-bit TOSHIBA TLCS-900H CPU, 16KB RAM, and a Reflective TFT Lpocketc display. Very few units will be sold. Due to disappointing sales, the system will be discontinued in 1999, after which it will be succeeded by the Neo Geo Pocket Color.
Electronic Arts released Warpath: Jurassic Park, based on the Jurassic Park film trilogy, for the PlayStation in North America. In it, players are cast in the role of a dinosaur that must fight against other dinosaurs, while eating dogs, goats, and human to replenish their health.
Activision released the classic first-person shooter Doom for the Game Boy Advance in the U.S. (ESRB: T)
Nintendo released the Game & Watch Gallery 4 game compilation for the Game Boy Advance in the U.S. It was the fourth game in the Game & Watch Gallery series. (ESRB: E)
Sony Online Entertainment released the EverQuest: The Planes of Power expansion pack for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) EverQuest for personal computers. It was the fourth expansion for EverQuest. (ESRB: T)
Atari and JoWood released Gothic II for Windows in the U.S. (ESRB: M)
Electronic Arts released Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup for personal computers, the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in the U.S. (ESRB: E)
Electronic Arts released the The Sims: Makin’ Magic expansion pack for the simulation game The Sims for personal computers in the U.S. It introduced magical abilities to the game’s characters, including the ability for Sims to cast spells, forge charms, and produce nectar . (ESRB: T)
LucasArts released the roleplaying game Gladius for the GameCube, PlayStation, and Xbox in the U.S. (ESRB: T)
Sony Computer Entertainment released the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Final Fantasy XI for person computers in North America. The game garnered critical praised. Most players agreed that, despite a lengthy setup process, the game was one of the most easy MMORPG systems in which to become a involved, due to its easy controls and highly active community. By January 2004, the game will have over half a million registered users. When a port of the game was released in April 2006, it was the first cross-platform MMORPG. (ESRB: T)
Strategy First released the Chrome first-person shooting game for Windows. (ESRB: M)
Namco announced that its roleplaying game Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean for the GameCube had gone Gold.
2K Games released the survival horror game Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, based on Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, particularly the story The Shadow Over Innsmouth, for the Xbox in the U.S. (ESRB: M)
Capcom released the Without Warning third-person arcade-style shooting game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in Europe. (PEGI: 16+)
Deep Silver released the single-player X3: Reunion space combat game for personal computer in Europe.
Namco released the Pac ‘n Roll 3D platform game featuring the classic arcade character Pac-Man for the Nintendo DS in Europe.
Nintendo released the Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix music game for the GameCube in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)
Ubisoft released Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood for the PlayStation 2 in Europe.
RedOctane released Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 in North America. It was the third game in the Guitar Hero series. (ESRB: T)