1993, the year when Czechoslovakia ceased to exist, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” was born, and Jack in the Box suffered an E. coli outbreak. If there is one thing to be garnered by said year, it is that it was chock-full of surprises, one of the surprises being E. coli. Just know that when it comes to video games, the truth is out there. Meaning that under these words are more words pertaining to video games in 1993, and thankfully not more pop culture references.
When it comes to hot new video game releases look no further than 1993, because it was filled with star-studded debuts including that of America’s favorite space marine: Doomguy! Doom launched in 1993 through shareware and mail order, and went on to be played by over 15 million people within two years of its release, thus paving the way for even more first-person shooters to be developed. Not to be outdone as the only cool game released in 1993 starting with a “d,” Day of the Tentacle was also released as a sequel to the hit game Maniac Mansion. DotD was received very well by critics and gamers alike due to its more linear approach to the point n’ click genre where gamers would not have to restart if they accidentally mis-clicked or made some sort of mistake with a puzzle. Although, this was not the only adventure game that LucasArts released in 1993, as Sam & Max Hit the Road…hit the road. The comic book duo made their way onto the medium-sized screen, and were loved ever since thanks to their quick wit and unique puzzle solutions. To close out the games released in 1993, one of the most iconic, primary-colored, platforming heroes also has to be mentioned. A hero who was not human, but still touched players hearts as if he was one. The hero in question is none other than the titular Cool Spot, who starred in the criminally-underrated game, Cool Spot. Mega Man X was also released in 1993.
Next up are the consoles that were released in 1993 starting with the Atari Jaguar, the last console under the Atari name. Competing against 16-bit consoles such as the Sega Genesis and the SNES, the Jaguar marketed itself as being the only 64-bit console on the market. However, this increased performance came with the cost of a multi-chip architecture that made the Jaguar difficult to develop for, ultimately leading to a severe lack of third-party titles. At the end of its three year life cycle, the Atari Jaguar had failed to sell even a quarter of a million units, and has only lived on through homebrew titles for the console which continue to be developed thanks to the patents for the Jaguar being released to the public domain after Hasbro purchased Atari. On the flip side of the console coin, the 3DO consoles also made their mark in 1993, albeit a very confusing one as the 3DO was not a specific console but rather a set of guidelines for how many manufacturers made the console. All in all, seven different variants of the 3DO were made and none of them were particularly successful due to an overcrowding of the console market and the high price associated with the 3DO line. After this, the company 3DO decided to exit the home console industry and make games instead, and they subsequently went bankrupt in 2003 due to the quality of many of these games.
Last are the new companies that emerged in the year 1993 and what they have offered the video game world since then. Croatian developer, Croteam first opened its doors in 1993 and is most commonly known for the games in the “Serious Sam” franchise, along with the critically-acclaimed puzzle game The Talos Principle, both of which are planned to have new entries in the near future. Take-Two also made their start as a video game publishing company in 1993 with their first published game being Rats! for the Game Boy Color, developed by Tarantula Studios, who later became Rockstar Lincoln and developed Grand Theft Auto 2. Though, nowadays Rockstar Lincoln is only responsible for quality assurance and localization, not much in the ways of making games. Take-Two on the other hand is only getting bigger and bigger with the very recent acquisition of Kerbal Space Program. Nvidia also emerged in April of 1993 with three co-founders and has now become a multi-billion dollar company with over 10,000 employees and a thirst for producing powerful gaming products. Shiny Entertainment, the now late and great studio, was known for creating the “Earthworm Jim” games and was later merged into Double Helix Studios which has for the most part laid dormant since being acquired by Amazon in 2014.
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