Today in Gaming History: 11/10/13

November 10, 1981: Twin Galaxies opens Thirty-two years ago today one of the nation’s most recognized arcades opened in Ottumwa, Iowa. The Twin Galaxies arcade was the brainchild of Iowa oil industry employee Walter Day. His love of video games began with Space Invaders and took off from there. While in between jobs, he decided…

Today in Gaming History: 11/9/13

November 9, 1998: Loki Software founded  If you’re a PC gamer who prefers to play your games in Linux, you may have Loki Software to thank for your endeavors. Founded 15 years ago, Loki Software was one of the first companies to port Windows games to Linux.

Today in Gaming History: 11/8/13

November 8, 2012: Angry Birds gets the Star Wars treatment  Today marks the one-year anniversary of Angry Birds Star Wars, which was first launched on Windows, iOS, and Android.  Angry Birds Star Wars is the second crossover game for the franchise, the first being Angry Birds Rio, which is based on the Fox animated film Rio.

Today in Gaming History: 11/7/13

1980:  Atari releases Battlezone, a version which was made for the military  On its surface, Battlezone was simply another old school, vector graphics, arcade game. It played out like target practice with players attempted to destroy tanks and flying saucers. Those players took the view from their own tanks, which did all the shooting and which they could…

Today in Gaming History: 11/6/13

November 2009: Sledgehammer Games founded  While Sledgehammer Games might not be a household name, I’m willing to bet that for many of you, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is. But…wait. Infinity Ward developed MW3, right? Their name is on the box, right? Well if you look closely, you’ll see that Sledgehammer Games is too.

Today in Gaming History: 11/5/13

November 5, 1995: Twisted Metal released  The first game in the vehicular combat series Twisted Metal was released  on this day in 1995.  Like some future titles, the first Twisted Metal was set up like a demolition derby. Players chose their vehicles, which came equipped with an array of weapons, and their goal was to be…

Today in Gaming History: 11/4/13

November 4, 2010: Kinect motion sensing input device launched  Three years ago today, the Kinect was heralded into this world with promises of fun and fantastic motion-controller play. Code named “Project Natal,” the Kinect peripheral was released both with and separately from the Xbox 360, and can still be found on store shelves today. It utilizes…

Today in Gaming History: 11/3/13

November 3, 1962: Happy birthday Gabe Newell!  The ubiquitous presence with the games industry of Valve CEO Gabe Newell wasn’t always so ubiquitous. Newell, however, got a very fortuitous start with Microsoft, where he worked on at least a few Windows releases. Newell raked in some serious cash at Microsoft, so is wasn’t as if he…

Today in Gaming History: 11/2/13

November 1993: LucasArts releases Sam and Max: Hit The Road  When it comes to 1990s point-and-click adventure games, you’d be hard pressed to find a funnier game than Sam and Max: Hit the Road.  (Okay, so maybe your definition of “funny” is different from mine…) The anthropomorphic dog Sam and his hyperkinetic rabbity thing sidekick Max were crime-fighting comic…

Today in Gaming History: 11/1/13

1988: Electronic Arts releases John Madden Football  Did you know that the ever-popular Madden series of football games got its start as a computer game? I had no idea until history informed me that yes! The original John Madden Football was released 25 years ago for DOS, the Apple II, and the Commodore 64. (Cross “platform” nonetheless!) The game…