This week in Gaming history 13th -19th February
February 14th 2003 – It is known as a day to splash out on your loved one but nothing says ‘I love you’ than delivering a fatality in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Whilst it was released in November of 2002 in the NA regions Europe got it on Valentines day. It has often been argued that without this reboot the series would have died, I could get into that debate but instead I leave you with a joke: What did Johnny Cage hear when he went to Helsinki cathedral? Finnish Hymn!
February 16th 2001 – The Final Fantasy series brings in ‘Active Time Events’ as well as ‘Mognet’ as FFIX is released in Europe for the PSX. For me this is one of my favourites in the series as it mixes the old school FF elements with the more famous VII and VIII.
February 17, 2005 – After 30 reports of defective electrical components which caused damage to either personal belongings or minor injuries Microsoft recalls 14.1million power cords for the original xBox. In Europe, consoles made before January 13, 2004, needed replacement cords. In all other areas, the recall covers consoles manufactured before October 23, 2003. Microsoft quickly learned their lesson on the five year old console to ensure there wouldn’t be any problems at all with their 360 console.
February 19, 1997 – At E3 1997 John Carmack of id software gave away one of his Ferrari’s to the winner of a Quake tournament which was won by famed gamer Dennis ‘Thresh’ Fong. It was on this date that Carmack announced the tournament as he wanted to the car “back to the gamers that brought it to me in the first place.”