Welcome to This Week in Gaming, where we take a look back at some of the most newsworthy events in gaming history from last year to even decades ago that happened this very week. Take a gander at some of the highlights and see which spark nostalgia and which may still be news to you.
I Want My 360!
May 12, 2005
MTV’s main draw back in the day was music. Today, not so much. The station is now known for its outrageously toxic reality shows and award ceremonies where Twilight wins everything. But, we’ll have to forgive them just this once. The Xbox 360 made its public debut on the channel back in 2005. It was showcased in a special presentation called The Next Generation Revealed. The event was hosted by Elijah Wood and covered the design, features and footage from some games. A live musical performance by the Killers and a special project from the guys at West Coast Customs (remember them?) were also featured on the program. The console wasn’t available until November 2005 but the coverage by MTV helped boost the hype. Or it may have killed the radio star.
May 14, 1949
A man of many talents, Walter Day was born to be part of the entertainment industry. He is a game designer and historian, but is better known for creating Twin Galaxies– the world leader in video game records. After reading an article on games in 1982, Walter was then inspired to form a date base of the world’s leading arcade scores. This led him to becoming an official referee and scorekeeper for video games. He has appeared in documentaries and at various gaming competitions. Walter has contributed to the Guinness Book of World Records, helped with the founding of the International Video Game Hall of Fame and attended a special video game exhibition at the Smithsonian art museum. Walter has since moved on to focus on his music career but he still remains an iconic member of the industry.
Happy Birthday to -Uya
May 15, 1965
You may not recognize the name Katsuya Eguchi, but without him video games wouldn’t be as they are today. The man has been helping Nintendo release hit after hit since 1988. Katsuya began working for the company two years earlier as a promotional artist. Afterwards, he was a member of the design team for hits like Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and Yoshi’s Story. He made his directorial debut with Star Fox and has been the director and producer for additional big name titles. Katsuya’s recent projects include Nintendo Land and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. He is the senior producer of Software Development Group No. 2 in the Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development division. They are in charge of new Animal Crossing and Wii games featuring Mii characters. Thanks to the guidance of Katsuya Eguchi, Nintendo has enjoyed much success and much more to come.
I Want My PS3!
May 16, 2005
Not to be outdone by Microsoft, Sony made their huge announcement only four days after the Xbox 360 was revealed. It all went down at E3 2005 when Sony announced plans for their latest system, the PlayStation 3. During the conference, the console was shown with a boomerang controller which was later modified. There was no actual gameplay footage of its titles but pre-rendered videos of Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The prototype of the system was priced between $500 and $600 USD. More information and demos were revealed months later at the Tokyo Game Show. PlayStation 3 didn’t launch for another year, but when it did, every single gamer automatically picked sides between the seventh generation console war.
Caught Red Handed
May 18, 2010
Not in a bad way though. Take the gameplay and strategy of Grand Theft Auto and add the expansive land of the old west and you’ve got yourself Red Dead Redemption. In this game you play the role of John Marston, a former outlaw hunting down his old gang in order to be granted amnesty. Because it’s set an entirely different century from Grand Theft Auto, this game was modified to compensate for the lack of modern technology. Law enforcement has no way of pursuing you unless a crime was witnessed by someone. The scenery and sound are all deemed high quality and a natural fit to the gameplay. There’s even a zombie expansion, which of course isn’t natural, but still flows with this game. Red Dead Redemption has been given near perfect scores and sold over 13 million copies worldwide. It also won several Game of the Year awards from numerous publications.