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Feature Article

GameSpot is 18! What else was happening in games 18 years ago?

Finally legal to drink. In Mexico.

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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.

The Nintendo 64 was released in North America and Japan in 1996, and was the last Nintendo home console to use ROM cartridges.

And this classic game was one of the launch titles.

Super Mario 64 was the first time the portly plumber appeared in a full 3D game. We reviewed it and gave it a 9.4.

Nintendo also released (in Japan) another game that would kick off one of the biggest franchises ever created.

Pokemon Red and Blue were the first games in the Pokemon series, and were released in Japan in 1996. The games wouldn't be released outside of Japan for another two years.

3D action games were becoming much more common, with this game making waves at the start of 1996.

Duke Nukem 3D, released in January 1996, was the last time people cared about Duke Nukem.

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?

The original Quake, released in June 1996, was decidedly less sci-fi than the other games in the series.

Other huge franchises also saw their start in 1996, such as this one.

Resident Evil was scary back in 1996. Nowadays, not so much.

Gaming's most popular heroine made her game debut, too.

The very first Tomb Raider game was released in October 1996. And thanks to a successful 2013 reboot, Lara still remains relevant today.

And the left buttons of PC mice everywhere were worked overtime because of this game.

The Nintendo 64 was released in North America and Japan in 1996, and was the last Nintendo home console to use ROM cartridges.

But was this actually the biggest game fad for 1996?

This is a Tamagotchi. This was huge in the 1990s.

Nah, probably not. But there was one other significant game-related event in 1996. The birth of this company.

So Valve is also 18, just like GameSpot. Wait... 1996... 6 divided by 18 is 3... so... Half-Life 3 announcement this year!

Discussion

70 comments
ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday GameSpot happy birthday to you.

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

I am one year  older then Gamespot wow.

lorider25
lorider25

18?  Should of waited until you hit 20 to do this articl, or should of done it earlier at 15.


Stick to the script Gamespot, don't try being different!

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

Literally one of the best years of gaming. So many classic games, new, influential, ground breaking. I think I've played more Quake than anything else, ever.

Chupacabra3332
Chupacabra3332

If they could make a DVD or Blu Ray with the best of those 18 years I would definitively buy It :)

swyg
swyg

Ah 96', right in the middle of the Golden Age of gaming.  All I could think about at this time was SMRPG; my first and still one of my favorite RPG's and games ever made.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

I was lurking on this site since 2005 and it's been a great run, I hope the site gets better and better even if I miss those early years :)

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I joined the site in 2002, i am so old lol.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

Damn 96 was 18 years ago? I feel old.

gajbutler
gajbutler

This was the first gaming website I ever used, I only got around to making an account in 2003 though, shame it got banned for no reason what so ever when they switched over to the new site. I think the site is a mess, Giantbomb is such a buggy and broken website, I dunno why you opted in to using whoever designed it.

robotopbuddy
robotopbuddy moderator moderator

Needs even more nostalgia - let's add in Metal Slug, Crash Bandicoot, and C&C: Red Alert (the 2nd C&C game, but still) for good measure.

I had forgotten tamagotchi's even existed until this reminded me of them...they were rather obscenely popular at the time, but thinking back, I have no idea why.


Gotta love all those Valve/HL3/Portal3/L4D3/HL2:EP3/TF3 things. But let's be honest, GabeN and the rest of the Valve team are just rolling with the whole can't count to 3 thing at this point - they're just toying with us.

Daian
Daian

Damn, that was a spectacular year for gaming, so many classics.

rskueem
rskueem

"Wait... 1996... 6 divided by 18 is 3... so... Half-Life 3 announcement this year! " lol

faizanhd
faizanhd

Quake , Duke Nukem 3D , Diablo and C&C Red Alert.......................

Where do I keep all these feels ?

Oh, you forgot Red Alert , silly author.


gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

Glad to revisit memory lane... i really miss those days when i was younger and could spend long hours on games but then again games these days rarely live up to there hype.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Change that RE screen shot and this article is great!

Turico187
Turico187

The Resident Evil Screen Shot: is that from the RE:Make or the Original PS1 Resident Evil?

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Quake.  Oh man that was the shit over 56k on MPlayer.  The original Team Fortress, Q-Ball, Runes... good stuff.  I'm surprised Q-Ball as a game mode hasn't caught on, it was fun.

packtop
packtop

Gamespot in 18 years have gone from a so-so sites to a decent sites to a good sites to a so-so sites and then to a shit sites, that's where we are now.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Wow.  Gamespot 18 Years ago:  It sucked ass then, and sucks ass even more now with Tom McShea and Kevin Van Ord!  

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

Please make the pictures in the article even bigger.  NOT.

RedWave247
RedWave247

I don't think I started reading Gamespot on a regular basis until their Superman 64 review. I knew they had a fan forever when they described it as "a game that firmly establishes the bottom of the barrel" when it came to game quality.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Finally able to drink.  In Mexico.  AND QUEBEC.

KennyKB
KennyKB

"Please give the guys who make cartridges a cigarette and a blindfold."

onixevil
onixevil

Quake was the best co op game at that time .

onixevil
onixevil

Even Chris is scared from zombies back in 1996. 

loafofgame
loafofgame

Hey, a tamagotchi. I had one of those...

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I remember the release of Quake......a friend of mine who ran a PC shop closed early and we played the game the rest of that day....at that point it was one of the best games I ever played...

and it is kinda funny.....when i went on the net the first time it was in 1997, one of the first places I found was Gamespot though this profile doesn't date back that far sadly.....my original profile dated back to 2001...

I remember playing Duke 3D as well and Mario 64....good times

of Blizzard's games I was more into Starcraft....so yeah, thanks for the good times GS, I've enjoyed many of the editors and many of the shows over the years....

LtJef
LtJef

Happy Birthday GS!!  Your legal age of consent and you can drink in Quebec and in Alberta!!!!

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

I didn't come across this site until 1997, a little over a year or so after it launched.  I was 18 at the time and browsing for general gaming information out of boredom.  I learned of Soul Blade from the site and that ended up being my first game on the PS1.

Finally joined the site in late 2005.


Time fairly flies.

onixevil
onixevil

Every single damn game matters at that time.  

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Danny perfectly represents the Gamespot community.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

Ohhh that was totally worth 3 minutes of my time =). Nostalgia trip!

Balderick1974
Balderick1974

Loved the N64 great games and memories.  The good old days when Nintendo and Rare Shined.  

treemasterx
treemasterx

6/3 is 3. 3 a number valve is making a game with the number 3.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

@Alex4789123 Don't worry about it, I'm 20 yo and this article also makes me feel old. We all experience the same feeling haha

mr_nee
mr_nee

@robotopbuddy  do you remeber how long did it take for TF2 to get released? 6-7 years? I thought the project was long dead (and it probably was, till they made if quickly for source engine)

onixevil
onixevil

@MJ12-Conspiracy  I gotta admit Duke 3D was the biggest leap from it's prequel in the  gaming history.

robotopbuddy
robotopbuddy moderator moderator

@mr_nee @robotopbuddy  HL2Ep3 and/or HL3 are probably going to be getting the same sort of treatment in the end as TF2 unfortunately, especially now that Valve are spending so much time working on DOTA2...and if the next Half-Life game releases and they call it HL2:EP2:Pt2 instead of HL2:EP3 or HL3 I'm probably just going to lmao for a couple days. I honestly wouldn't put it past them at this point

robotopbuddy
robotopbuddy moderator moderator

6 divided by 18 is 1/3rd not 3 as well to be fair =P The caption in the article didn't do much better, though it may have been intentional (or more likely a thoughtless typo). Caption managed to get the point across regardless in the end though: Valve+3=OMG HL3 confirmed!!1!11! lol