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Events

  • October 4 — Gunpei Yokoi (1941–1997) dies after a double car accident.
  • November – Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) launched.
  • 3rd annual E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo)
  • TSR, Inc., the owner of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, was acquired by Wizards of the Coast.
  • 3D Realms begins production of the infamous Duke Nukem Forever, winner of numerous vaporware awards.

Notable releases

Video game platforms
Mac Macintosh / Mac OS
N64 Nintendo 64
PS1 PlayStation / PSone
Sat Sega Saturn
Win Microsoft Windows
  • January 2 - Diablo (PC)
  • February 10 - Mario Kart 64 (N64)
  • February 28 - Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (N64)(PC)
  • March 20 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS) (Sega Saturn)
  • April 1 - SoulTrap (PC)
  • April 30 - Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter (PC)
  • May 31 - MDK: (PC) (PS)
  • June 26 - Dungeon Keeper (PC)
  • July 1 - Star Fox 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • July 30 - Carmageddon (PC)
  • July 31 - Mega Man X4 (PSX)
  • August 25 - GoldenEye 007 (N64)
  • August 31 - Hexen II (PC)
  • September 7 - Final Fantasy VII (PS), (PC)
  • September 19 - Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee (PS), (PC)
  • September 25 - Ultima Online (PC)
  • September 30 - Fallout (PC)
  • September 30 - Total Annihilation (PC)
  • October - Grand Theft Auto (PC)
  • October 9 - Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (PC)
  • October 26 - Age of Empires (PC)
  • October 29 - Riven (PC) (Mac)
  • October 31 - The Curse of Monkey Island (PC)
  • November - Tomb Raider II (PC) (PS)
  • November 14 - Postal (PC)
  • November 21 - Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
  • November 25 - Myth: The Fallen Lords (PC)
  • December 6 - Quake II (PC)
  • December 10 - JSF - Joint Strike Fighter (PC)
  • December 19 - Wing Commander: Prophecy (PC)
  • December 23 - Gran Turismo (PS1)

Hardware

  • March 1 — The Nintendo 64 is released in Europe and Australia
  • October — Nintendo releases a smaller redesigned SNES.
  • Sony releases PlayStation development software for PC
  • Tiger Electronics releases the Game.com

Business

  • Activision acquires CentreSoft Ltd. and Raven Software
  • Electronic Arts Inc. acquires Maxis
  • GameTek filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closed its doors in July 1999
  • 2015, Inc. founded
  • 4D Rulers Software, Inc. founded
  • September — 4HEAD Studios created
  • Bungie Studios West formed by Bungie Software Products Corp.
  • Conspiracy Entertainment Corporation founded
  • Crave Entertainment, Inc. formed
  • August — Human Head Studios, Inc. formed
  • Illusion Softworks, a.s. founded
  • April 15 — Irem Software Engineering Inc. founded
  • Irrational Games LLC founded
  • Mythic Entertainment renames itself from Interworld Productions after name dispute with another "Interworld" company
  • THQ renamed from Toy Head-Quarters, Inc.
  • Warthog PLC founded

Lawsuits

  • Nintendo v. Games City; Nintendo sues Games City for selling the Game Doctor and Doctor V64 backup devices for the SNES and N64 consoles. Nintendo wins the suit.
  • Nintendo v. Prima Publishing; Nintendo sues Prima over copyrights to map of the N64 video game GoldenEye 007. Nintendo loses the suit
  • Nintendo vs Sony Video Games; Nintendo sues Sony over copyrights about Mario game

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