This day in Videogame History – December 3rd
1992 – The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A character says “Ms. Pacman struck a blow for women’s rights” (in the spring of 1983). A flashback scene shows kids playing “early” arcade video games: Mumblity Peg, Stickball, and Kick the Can.
1994 – Sony introduces the PlayStation in Japan. It features a 33 MHz 32-bit MIPS R3000A processor, with special audio and graphics functions integrated, geometry coprocessor, 2 MB RAM, 1 MB video RAM. Graphics resolution is 640×480 in 24-bit color. Price is 39800 yen, about US$399. Sony spent US$500 million developing the system. Code name during development was Play Station X.
1994 – Namco releases the Ridge Racer video game for the PlayStation in Japan.
1996 – Acclaim Entertainment releases the Mortal Kombat Trilogy video game for the Saturn in the US.
2001 – Nintendo releases the Super Smash Bros. Melee video game for the GameCube in the US.
2001 – Nintendo releases the Pikmin video game for the GameCube in the US.
2003 – Rockstar releases the Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in the US and Canada.
2003 – Eidos releases the Deus Ex: Invisible War video game for the Xbox in the US.