This Week in Video-Game History: October 31 – November 6

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Happy Halloween history enthusiasts! Unfortunately whenever this holiday falls on a Sunday, many people refuse to celebrate it properly. This means we should just call it Nolan North day and play any of the games he voices a character in.

October 31

1970: Nolan North is born. You've likely heard his voice in a game recently if you've played Quantum Theory, Uncharted, Shadow Complex, and Trauma Team

2007: Nintendo discontinues support for the NES, SNES, Game Boy, and N64. Take another gander at the year all of this took place. I wish I'd known about this back then because I would have requested service on my NES the day before just to hear their response. 

November 1

1993: Shadowrun is released on the SNES. A year later, a completely different game sharing the title launches on the Genesis. 


November 2

2000: Self-described psychic Uri Geller attempted to sue Nintendo for £60 million, claiming that the Pokemon Kadabra was based on him. Geller is known for his ability to bend spoons with psychokinesis. The case was thrown out of court. James Randi, a former magician and founder of the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, challenged Geller's abilities and said he was a charlatan. Geller retaliated with a lawsuit but lost miserably. 

2004: Killzone hit the shelves. 

November 3

1962: Gabe Newell is born. After working for Microsoft for 13 years, Newell left the company and founded Valve with Mike Harrington. 

November 4

Double Dragon

1994: Double Dragon the movie opens in theaters. Someone you know likely paid money to see it. 

2002: Ratchet & Clank dazzle with their ridiculous weaponry when the first game is released on the PlayStation 2. 

November 5

1995: GameFAQs starts up just in time to same an entire generation of gamers from wandering aimlessly forever. Walkthroughs are that important — even the atrociously long ones. 

1995: Twisted Metal debuts on the PlayStation.

November 6

2003: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is released. Back then, I didn't think vertical platforming could get any more intense. Then Nathan Drake climbed a goddamn doom machine in Uncharted 2.

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