Way back in 1996, a small, unassuming website was launched to little fanfare. From humble beginnings, that site quickly grew into a global phenomenon, and today is one of the best-known brands in the world. That site, of course, is Google. Also launched in 1996 was another small site called GameSpot, and today, May 1, is that site's 18th birthday.
A lot of things have changed in video games in 18 years, but one thing has remained the same--GameSpot's focus on giving our readers the best reviews, news, and videos about gaming. So what was it like way back in 1996 when GameSpot first launched?
This was the hot console release for that year.
And this classic game was one of the launch titles.
Nintendo also released (in Japan) another game that would kick off one of the biggest franchises ever created.
3D action games were becoming much more common, with this game making waves at the start of 1996.
This title was another influential 3D shooter released in 1996, and was one of the first to popularize online multiplayer. Can you guess what it is?
Other huge franchises also saw their start in 1996, such as this one.
Gaming's most popular heroine made her game debut, too.
And the left buttons of PC mice everywhere were worked overtime because of this game.
But was this actually the biggest game fad for 1996?
Nah, probably not. But there was one other significant game-related event in 1996. The birth of this company.