1998 in video gaming
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1998 saw the release of many successful titles, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Half-Life, StarCraft, Metal Gear Solid, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, Resident Evil 2, Unreal, Fallout 2, Thief: The Dark Project, Grim Fandango, Baldur's Gate, Xenogears, The King of Fighters '98, SoulCalibur, Mario Party, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon, and Sonic Adventure. Each game inventing or re-inventing their respective genres to critical acclaim and making the consoles of the history of video game consoles (fifth generation)-- Playstation (console), Nintendo 64, the PC game, and the first history of video game consoles (sixth generation) launch was Sega Dreamcast after the Saturn had its discontinual (US and Europe) and a must own system.
- Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts 1st Annual Interactive Achievement Awards; inducts Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo to the AIAS Hall of Fame
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts the 1st annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards
- 4th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3); the first annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E3
- Game One channel (subsidiary of Canalplus); Infogrames Entertainment SA and Canal+ launch the Game One television channel.
- October 16, 1998 — DWANGO, an early online multiplayer service founded in 1994, ceases operation.
- November 9, 1998 — Loki Software, the first game porting house in the vein of MacSoft for Linux, was founded; the site LinuxGames was also established that year.
- November 27, 1998 — The Sega Dreamcast is launched in Japan with 4 launch titles, making it the last console to be released by Sega.
- 1998 — Interplay Productions changes its name to Interplay Entertainment.
|Release||Title||Windows||5th Gen||6th Gen||Handheld||Arcade||Notes|
|January 12||Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes||N/A||PS1||DC||N/A||Yes|
|January 21||Resident Evil 2||1999||PS1; N64 (1999)||DC (1999); GC (2003)||N/A||N/A|
|January 29||Panzer Dragoon Saga||N/A||Saturn||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 13||World Cup 98||April 30||PS1; N64 (May 18)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 19||Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 29||Parasite Eve||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 31||StarCraft||Yes||N64 (2000)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 31||1080° Snowboarding||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 7||Warhammer: Dark Omen ||March 31 ||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Point Blank||N/A||PS1||N/A||DS (2005)||Yes (1994)|
|May 12||Gran Turismo||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 31||Jersey Devil||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 31||Vigilante 8||N/A||PS1, N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 14||F-Zero X||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 31||Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 31||Heart of Darkness||August 31||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 21||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six||Yes||PS1, N64 (1999)||DC (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|August 31||Mega Man Legends||2001||PS1, N64 (2001)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 1||MediEvil||N/A||PS1||N/A||PSP (2005)||N/A|
|September 3||Metal Gear Solid||2000||PS1||GC (2004)||N/A||N/A|
|September 10||Spyro the Dragon||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 10||Resident Evil: Director's Cut||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 27||Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit||Yes||PS1 (March 25)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Fallout 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Shogo: Mobile Armor Division||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Pokémon Red and Blue||N/A||N/A||N/A||GB||N/A|
|September 30||Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 10||Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 21||Turok 2: Seeds of Evil||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Grim Fandango||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Heretic 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||Blood II: The Chosen||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus||Yes||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||No One Can Stop Mr. Domino!||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 1||Delta Force||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 10||Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 19||Half-Life||Yes||N/A||PS2 (2001)||N/A||N/A|
|November 21||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time||N/A||N64||GC (2002; 2003)||3DS (2011)||N/A|
|November 21||Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft||Yes||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||StarCraft: Brood War||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||Thief: The Dark Project||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||Baldur's Gate||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||The Settlers III||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||Starsiege: Tribes||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 3||Star Wars: Rogue Squadron||Yes||N64 (December 7)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 4||Magic and Mayhem||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 12||Falcon 4.0||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 12||South Park||1999||N64, PC (1999), PS1 (1999)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 14||Mario Party||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 17||Suikoden II||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 23||Sonic Adventure||2004||N/A||DC; DX, GC (2003)||N/A||N/A|
|December 31||Akuji the Heartless||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- Nintendo's Game Boy Camera and Game Boy Color handheld console is released.
- Sega's Saturn is discounted in America and Europe.
- SNK's Neo Geo Pocket handheld released.
- Sega's Dreamcast, an Internet-ready 128-bit home console released in Japan and later in 1999 in US and the PAL regions.
- Bandai's WonderSwan handheld in Japan is released.
- Activision acquires CD Contact Data and Head Game Publishing
- Eidos Interactive acquires Crystal Dynamics
- Electronic Arts Inc. acquires Virgin Studio and Westwood Studios, Inc.
- Hasbro, Inc. acquires Atari Corporation (from JTS Corp.), MicroProse, and Tiger Electronics
- JTS Corp. (Atari Corporation) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
- BreakAway Games, Ltd. founded
- Elixir Studios Ltd. formed
- Lego Media established by Lego Group
- Metro3D, Inc. founded
- Rockstar Games founded
- Square Co. and Electronic Arts form Square Electronic Arts LLC to publish a wealth of Square Co. titles in the U.S.
- Havas, a subsidiary of Vivendi, acquires Cendant Software, which includes Sierra On-Line and Blizzard Entertainment
- Sunrise Interactive founded
- Troika Games founded
- WildTangent, Inc. founded