ⓘ 2000 in video gaming

                                     

ⓘ 2000 in video gaming

2000 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Deus Ex, Hitman: Codename 47, Paper Mario, Mario Tennis, Perfect Dark, Shogun: Total War, SSX, TimeSplitters and The Sims.

                                     

1. Events

  • June 26 – International Game Developers Association renamed from Computer Game Developers Association.
  • February 4 – Maxis releases The Sims, first game of a successful series.
  • April – Nintendo sells its 100 millionth Game Boy/Game Boy Color handheld console.
  • March – Game Network hosts the 2nd annual Independent Games Festival IGF.
  • November 17 - Sonys PlayStation 2 PS2 launches in Australia.
  • NPD Group, Inc. reports that Electronic Arts ranks 1st in third-party video game publishing in the United States, ahead of Infogrames Entertainment SA.
  • September 10 – Sega.com launches SegaNet, their online console gaming network.
  • January – Digital Illusions CE acquires Refraction Games and 90% of Synergenix Interactive.
  • April 14 – Reuters reports that the PlayStation 2 console will have export controls placed on it by the Trade Ministry of Japan since the PS2 is sophisticated enough for military applications.
  • November 24 - Sonys PlayStation 2 PS2 launches in Europe.
  • July 21 - Mario Tennis is released for the Nintendo 64 introducing Waluigi to the Mario series.
  • May 11–13 – The 6th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 is held along with the 3rd annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E³.
  • June 30 –Nintendos Satellaview system ceases to receive broadcasts.
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA hosts the 3rd annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards for multimedia technologies; 7 of 20 awards go to video games; awards David Bowie in part for his contributions to the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul for PC.
  • May 11 – The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts the 3rd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards and inducts Hironobu Sakaguchi of Square into the AIAS Hall of Fame.
  • August 11 - Paper Mario is also released for the Nintendo 64. It features a more crafty appearance of the Mushroom Kingdom. It served as Super Mario RPGs spiritual sequel and it kicked of a series of its own.
  • October 26 - Sonys PlayStation 2 PS2 launches in North America.
  • July – IEMA Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association hosts 1st annual Executive Summit.
  • March 4 – Sonys PlayStation 2 PS2 launches in Japan with 10 launch titles.
  • February 4 – 1st annual Dreamcast Championships featuring the Sonic Adventure video game.
                                     

2. Hardware

  • March 4

PlayStation 2 Sonys second console released in Japan first then on October 26, 2000 it released in North America.

  • December 9 - Bandais WonderSwan Color handheld in Japan is released.
  • Segas Naomi 2 arcade console is released.
  • Toymaxs Activision TV Games controller/console.
                                     

3. Business

  • Defunct company: Looking Glass Studios, ASC Games
  • All of Segas internal consumer research & development divisions become individual developer companies.
  • Midway / Williams stops using the Atari Games label.
  • New companies: PopCap Games, 21-6 Productions, Yeti Interactive
  • Mattel, Inc. sells The Learning Company to Gores Technology Group.

Acquisitions

  • Electronic Arts acquires DreamWorks Interactive, LLC games division of DreamWorks SKG.
  • Microsoft acquires Bungie.
  • Sony acquires Verant Interactive.
  • THQ acquires Volition.
  • Nvidia acquires 3dfx Interactive.
  • Infogrames acquires Hasbro Interactive, and Paradigm Entertainment.
  • Ubi Soft acquires Red Storm Entertainment.