This Day in Video Game History
Konami released the Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse platform game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe. It was the third installment in the Castlevania series.
id Software released the ground-breaking first-person shooter Doom for MS-DOS through the University of Wisconsin network as shareware. The game would become an almost instant blockbuster. It included an astounding number of technological firsts that would become industry standards in rapid order, including immersive 3D graphics that involved full texture mapping and varied lighting schemes, networked multiplayer gaming, extensive support for the creation of custom levels by users, and a number of diverse levels built into the game. Within two years, over ten million copies of the game would be downloaded. The game would spawn not just a cult following, but also an entire gaming subculture. As it grew in popularity, controversy surrounded its graphic violence. (ESRB: M)
Nintendo released the Wario’s Woods puzzle game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America. (ESRB: KA)
Capcom released the Breath of Fire II roleplaying game for the Super Nintendo in North America. (ESRB: E)
Sony sent “emergency shipments” of PlayStation game consoles to the United States as retailers across the country report an inability to keep pace with sales.
Telegames released BreakOut 2000 for the Atari Jaguar.
Acclaim Entertainment released the first-person shooter Turok 2: Seeds of Evil for Windows, the Game Boy Color and Nintendo 64 in the U.S. (ESRB: M)
Konami released the Castlevania: The Adventure platform game for the Game Boy in Europe.
Nintendo released the Donkey Kong 64 3D platform game for the Nintendo 64 in Japan.
Activision released the Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding skating game for the Nintendo 64 in Europe.
LucasArts released the Star Wars: The Clone Wars vehicular combat game for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in the U.S. (ESRB: T)
Ubisoft released Lunar Legend for the Game Boy Advance in North America. (ESRB: E)
Nokia released the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Team Stealth Action stealth game for the NGage in the U.S. (ESRB: T)
THQ released the first-person shooter Red Faction for the NGage in the U.S. (ESRB: M)
Eidos Interactive released the Crash ‘N’ Burn racing game for the PlayStation 2 in Europe.
Strategy First announced that its roleplaying game COPS 2170: The Power of Law had gone Gold.
VU Games released Fight Club, based on the 1999 film of the same name, for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in PAL regions. (PEGI: 16+)
The 2005 Spike Video Game Awards aired. Resident Evil 4 was awarded Game of the Year, and World of Warcraft was awarded both Best Multiplayer Game and Most Addictive Game.
Microsoft launched its Xbox 360 video game console in four versions across Japan, featuring an IBM PowerPC processor with three 3.2 GHz cores, along with a 500 MHz ATI graphics card and 512 MB RAM. It was the first console to come equipped with wireless controllers out of the box. The systems versions included: a “Core” version for 29,000 yen, a “Premium” Version with a 20 GB hard drive for 39,795 yen, an “Elite” version with a 120GB hard drive and HDMI for 47,800 yen, and a Halo 3 limited edition with the Elite’s features and a limited edition case. Code-name: Xenon
System 3 released the Super Fruit Fall puzzle game for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Wii in Europe. The game was notable for having been developed by a single man, Tony Williams. (PEGI: 3+)
Rockstar Games won its appeal to force the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to re-examine its ban on the release of Rockstar’s psychological horror game Manhunt 2 in the UK. The ratings board had twice rejected the title for BBFC certification due to its graphic violence, which, under British law, effectively banned the game from distribution across the UK. The Board’s Video Appeals Committee voted four to three in favor of allowing an appeal. The decision opens the possibility of the game going on same in the future. In a statement released by Rockstar following the decision, company representatives stated that, "We are committed to making great interactive entertainment, while also marketing our products responsibly and supporting an effective rating system… We are pleased that the decision of the VAC has recognized that Manhunt 2 is well within the bounds established by other 18+ rated entertainment."
Sega released the Universe at War: Earth Assault real-time strategy game for Windows in North America. (ESRB: T)