ⓘ 1998 in video gaming


ⓘ 1998 in video gaming

1998 saw many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid, F-Zero X, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Gex: Enter the Gecko, Xenogears, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and MediEvil. The year has been retrospectively considered one of the best in video gaming due to the release of several critically acclaimed, commercially successful and influential titles across all platforms and genres.


1. Events

  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts the first annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards.
  • October 21 - Nintendos Game Boy Color handheld console is released in Japan.
  • April 14 - Nintendos Game Boy Light handheld console is released in Japan.
  • November 27 - Segas Dreamcast console is released in Japan.
  • January 1 - The ESRB changes the "K-A" Kids to Adults rating to "E" Everyone.
  • Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences AIAS hosts its first annual Interactive Achievement Awards. Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo is inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame.
  • December - Take-Two Interactive formed the Rockstar Games publishing label.
  • May 28 - Bill Williams, designer of Alley Cat, Necromancer, and Mind Walker, dies.
  • March 14 - Sega announces the discontinuation of the Sega Saturn in North America to prepare for the launch of its successor, the Dreamcast.
  • May 28–30 - The fourth annual E3 is held in Atlanta, Georgia. Following the show, the inaugural Game Critics Awards was held with winners being titled Best of E3.
  • July 3 - Danielle Bunten Berry, designer of M.U.L.E. and Seven Cities of Gold, dies.
  • September 6 - Infogrames Entertainment, SA and Canal+ launch the Game One television channel.

2. Business

  • New companies: BreakAway, Elixir, Metro3D, Rockstar, Sunrise, Troika, WildTangent, Loki
  • Activision acquires CD Contact Data and Head Game Publishing
  • Hasbro Interactive acquires the Atari brand and property from JTS in May. They also acquire MicroProse in August.
  • Havas, a subsidiary of Vivendi, acquires Cendant Software, which includes Sierra On-Line and Blizzard Entertainment
  • Lego Media established by Lego Group
  • Defunct: DWANGO
  • Electronic Arts Inc. acquires Westwood Studios, and with so they also acquire the North American operations of Virgin Interactive.
  • JTS Corp. Atari Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Eidos Interactive acquires Crystal Dynamics
  • Square Co. and Electronic Arts form Square Electronic Arts LLC to publish a wealth of Square Co. titles in the U.S.
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