2001 in video gaming
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- Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts the 4th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards; inducts John Carmack of id Software to the AIAS Hall of Fame.
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosts the 4th annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards for multimedia technologies; 15 of 21 awards go to video games.
- March 21, 2001 – The Game Boy Advance, a handheld video game console by Nintendo is released.
- May 17–19, 2001 – 7th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3); the 4th annual Game Critics Awards For The Best Of E3
- June 23, 2001 - Sonic the Hedgehog celebrates his 10th anniversary.
- July – IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association) hosts 2nd annual Executive Summit.
- Gama Network hosts the 3rd annual Independent Games Festival (IGF).
- Game Developers Conference hosts the 1st annual Game Developers Choice Awards.
- Spring – Reuters reports that the Dreamcast console has an estimated 800,000 online users playing its various online games already by midyear.
- Sony cooperates with AOL to incorporate Internet features with the PlayStation 2 console; which include a browser, email, and instant messaging capabilities.
- August – 2nd annual Dreamcast Championships (featuring the Crazy Taxi 2 video game)
- 1st place: Lindsay Gall ($15,000 & Jamaica resort trip)
- 2nd place: Michael Pirring ($10,000)
- 3rd place: Roger Mogle ($5,000)
- Nikkei News reports that the video game Phantasy Star Online (for Dreamcast) has had 300,000 worldwide users login already by midyear.
- September 14, 2001 – Nintendo releases the Gamecube.
- November 15, 2001 – The Microsoft Xbox is introduced.
- December 31, 2001 – Jez San is awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours, becoming the first person awarded specifically for services to video games.
- Dynamix (1984–2001) is closed by its parent company Sierra Entertainment on August 14, 2001 as part of Sierra's restructuring under Vivendi Universal. Several veterans of the studio stay in Eugene and found a new studio / electronic publisher, GarageGames.
- Sega announces that it will no longer develop home consoles, in order to focus on game development. The Dreamcast is waiting to finish the production in May. But a lot of games were released for it in the same year.
- Zylom founded in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
- Indrema in April closes and its L600 Entertainment System multimedia home console is never released.
- Activision acquires Treyarch Invention LLC.
- PCCW (Pacific Century CyberWorks Japan Co., Ltd.) acquires VR1 Entertainment.
- Midway Games announces that it will no longer manufacture arcade games.
- August – Loki Software declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy over internal financial troubles, before going defunct next January. In response Michael Simms of the Tux Games retailer and former Loki game tester founds Linux Game Publishing alongside ex-Loki employee Mike Philips on October 15 to keep games coming to Linux.
- November 23 – GamePark releases the GP32 (GamePark 32) wireless-multiplayer multimedia handheld console in South Korea.
- December – Panasonic's Q multimedia console.
- Sega of America Inc. v. Kmart Corporation; Sega sues Kmart over an unpaid debt of over US$2 million dollars
- Uri Geller v. Nintendo; Geller sues Nintendo over his resemblance to a Pokémon character. The suit is dismissed.
Notable releases 
|Release||Title||Windows||5th Gen||6th Gen||Handheld|
|January 10||Mega Man 64||PC (July 14)||N64, PS1 (1998)||N/A||N/A|
|January 21||Phantasy Star Online||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|January 31||Mega Man X5||PC (2002)||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|February 5||Paper Mario||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|February 7||Clive Barker's Undying||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 16||Final Fantasy IX||N/A||PS1 (PAL & EU)||N/A||N/A|
|February 27||The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|March 1||Lego Island 2 The Brickster's Revenge||Win'98||PS1||N/A||GBC, GBA|
|March 5||Conker's Bad Fur Day||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|March 9||Sonic Shuffle||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|March 12||Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo||Windows (US)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 13||Onimusha: Warlords||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|March 21||Tribes 2||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 21||Serious Sam: The First Encounter||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 22||Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|March 23||Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo||Windows (EU)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 25||Black & White||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 30||Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo||N/A||N64 (EU)||N/A||N/A|
|May 7||Mario Party 3||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|May 22||Red Faction||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|June 8||Castlevania: Circle of the Moon||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 10||Super Mario Advance||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 11||F-Zero: Maximum Velocity||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 11||Super Mario Advance||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|June 18||Twisted Metal: Black||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|June 19||Sonic Adventure 2||N/A||N/A||DC||N/A|
|June 21||Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 22||Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 29||Final Fantasy Chronicles||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|July 10||Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|July 19||Final Fantasy X||N/A||N/A||PS2 (JAP)||N/A|
|July 23||Max Payne||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 29||"Pokemon Crystal"||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|August 8||Shogun: Total War: Mongol Invasion||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 21||Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 27||Mario Kart Super Circuit||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 9||Advance Wars||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|September 24||Silent Hill 2||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 10||Dark Age of Camelot||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 17||Devil May Cry||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 22||Grand Theft Auto III||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|October 28||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3||N/A||N/A||PS2, GC||N/A|
|October 29||Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex||N/A||N/A||PS2, Xbox, GC||N/A|
|October 30||Aliens versus Predator 2||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Civilization III||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Mega Man Xtreme 2||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBC|
|November 1||Dragon Warrior VII||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A|
|November 5||SSX Tricky||N/A||N/A||PS2, GC, Xbox||N/A|
|November 9||Project Gotham Racing||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 11||Golden Sun||N/A||N/A||N/A||GBA|
|November 12||Empire Earth||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 14||Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|November 15||Dead or Alive 3||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 15||Halo: Combat Evolved||N/A||N/A||Xbox||N/A|
|November 17||Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader||N/A||N/A||GC||N/A|
|November 18||Super Monkey Ball||N/A||N/A||GC||N/A|
|November 18||IL-2 Sturmovik||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 19||WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|November 20||Return to Castle Wolfenstein||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 21||Super Smash Bros. Melee||N/A||N/A||GC (NTSC-J)||N/A|
|December 3||Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|December 3||Super Smash Bros. Melee||N/A||N/A||GC (NTSC-U)||N/A|
|December 3||Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy||N/A||N/A||PS2||N/A|
|December 7||Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles||N/A||N/A||PS2 (PAL & EU)||N/A|
|December 17||Luigi's Mansion||N/A||N/A||GC||N/A|
|December 17||Dark Rift (North America)||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A|
|December 20||Final Fantasy X||N/A||N/A||PS2 (US)||N/A|
Video game consoles 
The dominant video game consoles in 2001 were:
Additionally, Nintendo released the Nintendo GameCube on September 14 in Japan (U.S. on November 18 and in Europe on May 3, 2002). Microsoft released the Xbox video game console in the U.S. on November 15 (in Europe on March 14, 2002).
Handheld game systems 
The dominant handheld systems in 2001 were:
The Game Boy Advance
Video game sales 
|1||Grand Theft Auto III||PS2||Rockstar Games|
|2||Madden NFL 2002||PS2||Electronic Arts|
|4||Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty||PS2||Konami|
|5||Super Mario Advance||GBA||Nintendo|
|6||Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec||PS2||Sony|
|7||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3||PS2||Activision|
|8||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2||PS1||Activision|
Computer game sales 
|1||The Sims||Electronic Arts|
|3||Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone||Electronic Arts|
|4||Diablo II: Lord of Destruction||Vivendi Universal|
|5||The Sims: House Party||Electronic Arts|
|6||The Sims: Livin' Large||Electronic Arts|
|7||The Sims: Hot Date||Electronic Arts|
|8||Diablo II||Vivendi Universal|
|9||Sim Theme Park||Electronic Arts|
|10||Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings||Microsoft|