Category: Gaming

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July 25, 2005: Violent Video Games Bill Goes into Law

The sale of Video Games began to really heat up in 2005 as Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. You could be fined up to $1,000 for selling games with adult ratings. Immediately, video game groups sued, claiming the law is a restriction on free speech.The law would be deemed unconstitutional and repealed by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly. Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 25 Ericsson purchases Nortel‘s CDMA and LTE assets Sinclair Radionics is founded Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century is first...

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February 23, 1998: JTS Sells Atari to Hasbro 0

February 23, 1998: JTS Sells Atari to Hasbro

1998 – After a merger with JTS (Jugi Tandon Storage) in 1996, Atari couldn’t keep afloat. Their new Jaguar gaming system was not selling and losses were mounting. Therefore, JTS sold all Atari intellectual properties to Hasbro Interactive for $5 million. The only item not sold was the Atari name, for that was owned by THQ. Hasbro held the rights until 2001 when they sold Hasbro Interactive (and all assets) to Infogrames. Hasbro bought back Atari in 2005 for $65 million. This included games like Dungeons and Dragons, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, the Game of Life, Clue, Risk, Candyland and many other games....

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February 21, 1986: The Legend of Zelda

1986 – The 3rd person action adventure game The Legend of Zelda was released by Nintendo for the Famicon in Japan. There, it was known as “The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda”. Hyrule was the fantasy land the game took place in. In the game, Link was given tasks in ultimate goal to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon. The game took up the full 128 KB ROM. Passwords had to be written to Famicon’s disk drive. Something that the NES did not have. The game wasn’t released to the US until August 22, 1987. Nintendo had doubts this game would be well...

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May 16, 2006: Phantom Console Pump and Dump Scheme

2006 – Phantom Entertainment former CEO Timothy Roberts was accused of running a Pump and dump scheme on the Phantom console – a Game system that never came to market. In 2004, he hired a promoter to send faxes stating the Phantom system would ship January 2005. Of course that drove up stock prices in which investors could profit on, including Roberts and the promoter (who got 4 million shares of restricted stock) Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 15 Spaghetti-O’s are introduced Sugar Labs extends Sugar OS to EeePC OS X Tiger vs. Tiger Direct ruling....

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March 3, 1982: Pac-Man vs. K.C. Munchkin for Odyssey2

1982 – a popular game for the Odyssey2 system was called K.C. Munchkin. However, this game looked a little too much like Pac-Man. A Federal court in Chicago, IL. agreed. They ordered Philips Consumer Electronics to take the game off store shelves. A sequal was released called Crazy Chase, which was a game that mocked the legal battle of the Pac-Mac – K.C. Munchkin. Of course that game was very close to Centipede, which could have caused a new legal issue altogether. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 3 Unix Timestamp hits 9 decimal places Rodney King beating caught on tape...

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January 29, 1988: Tetris Enters United States

1988 – Spectrum Holobyte releases the puzzle game Tetris for the Commodore 64 and IBM PC. This was the first game imported from the Soviet Union. The game was written by Alexi Paszitnov and Vagim Gerasimov at the Computer Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The Commodore 64 version would cost you $24.95, and the IBM version cost $34.95. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 29 Microsoft releases Word 3.0 for Mac Best Buy announces they will stop selling Macintosh AOL compensates subscribers for their “unlimited internet” issues Related articles January 7: Commodore 64 Introduced (dayintechhistory.com) January...

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January 27, 1972: Magnavox Odyssey Production Begins

1972 – Magnavox begins the production of the Odyssey Video game system. The final release date was not until May. It was a very primitive system with no processors and the cartridges are jumpered configurations. The system will be on the market for a year before being discontinued. Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27 MIT vs. David LaMaccia Kevin Mitnik cracks the WELL White House e-mail outtage Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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