This day in Videogame History – December 2nd
1982 – Atari signs a long-term agreement with Destron, to market home video game versions of Destron’s arcade games.
1992 – The US Federal Trade Commission announces it is closing the case of its two-year investigation of Nintendo, with no further action being warranted.
1994 – A Federal District Court judge in New York upholds the US$208 million patent infringement award against Nintendo, ordering the company to pay Alpex Computer.
1994 – Federal District Court Judge Kimba Wood in New York refuses Nintendo’s request for a new trial in the matter of patent infringement against Alpex Computer.
1999 – Sega releases the Shenmue: Chapter 1 Yokosuka video game for the Dreamcast in Japan. Included within the game are Space Harrier and Hang-On video games.
2001 – The Fox Television Network airs the Malcolm in the Middle TV show. A character mentions the Nintendo Entertainment System and Double Dragon 4 video game.
2001 – The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A bowling alley shows three video arcade machines, including Pong and Nuke Canada.
2002 – Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past video game for the Game Boy Advance in the US.
2004 – Ubisoft releases the Prince of Persia: Warrior Within video game for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in the US.
2004 – Nintendo releases the Nintendo DS handheld video game system in Japan.
2005 – Microsoft launches the Xbox 360 video game system in Europe.
2006 – Nintendo releases the Nintendo Wii video game system in Japan.
2007 – Activision and Vivendi Games announce a merger, to be called Activision Blizzard. The US$18.9 billion deal is the biggest ever in the videogame industry.
2008 – Square Enix releases the Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories video game for the PlayStation 2 in the USA.
2008 – Ubisoft releases the Prince of Persia video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the USA.
2014 – Telltale Games releases the Game of Thrones: Episode 1: Iron From Ice video game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in the USA.
2014 – Ubisoft releases The Crew video game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 in the USA.