This Day In Gaming History – May 10th



  • Atari & MCA Video Games form a joint venture. They will create arcade games, console games, & computer games based on movies, television shows, & other MCA properties.


  • King’s Quest: Quest for the Crown is released by Sierra On-Line & IBM for the IBM PC (PC) & Apple II (AP2).


  • Metal Gear Solid 2 for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) has its world premiee at Universal Studios in California.
  • In Los Angeles, California, Sony announces the PlayStation 2’s launch price ($299.00), its North American launch date (October 26th), & more details about the system. Sony said there woudl be 51 games available launch day. First party games would retail for $49.00 each. Bundled with the system will be one DualShock 2 controller. Other accessories including extra controllers, an 8 MB memory card, a multiplayer attachment will be sold separately for $34.00 each. A DVD decoder was included in the chipset.
  • The Nintendo 64’s Funtastic Series of consoles is released. Available colors were: Watermelon, Ice, Jungle, Fire, Smoke, & Grape.


  • The Afterburner mod kit is released by Triton Labs for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA) in the U.S for $35.00. The Afterburner is designed to provide backlight for the original Game Boy Advance (GBA). Nintendo would later use similar technology for their Game Boy Advance SP (GBASP).


  • At a press conference in Los Angeles, California, Microsoft announces the release date for Halo 2. They also show a video called “The Novice”, which was likely a spoof of The Apprentice. In the video Donald Trump pokes fun at fake Sony executives, & praises Microsoft for their online video game plans. Halo 2 will release with multiplayer support on November 9th. EA also announces it will now include Xbox Live support in its games.
  • The Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy concert is held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. It was a two hour concert sponsored by Square Enix. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & Los Angeles Master Chorale are lead by conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. They perform fourteen songs by the famous game composer Nobuo Uematsu from the Final Fantasy series.
  • Custom Robo is released by Noise & Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube (GCN) in North America. This was the first Custom Robo title to be released outside of Japan.


  • Metal Slug 4&5 is released by SNK for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) & Microsoft Xbox (XB) in the U.S.
  • Haunting Ground is released by Capcom for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) in North America.


  • The Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) begins. It is held over three days, May 10th – May 12th. During E3, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo would likely no longr produce new iterations of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA).
  • SiN Episode 1 is released by Ritual Entertainment for Microsoft Windows (PC).
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is released by EA Los Angeles & Electronic Arts for the Microsoft Xbox 360 (360) in North America.


  • Brink is released by Splash Damage & Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows (PC), Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Microsoft Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game is released by Traveller’s Tales & Disney Interactive Studios for the Nintendo DS (NDS), Nintendo 3DS (3DS), Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), Microsoft Xbox 360 (360), Mac OS X (Mac), & the OnLive (OL) cloud gaming service.
  • MX vs. ATV Alive is released by Rainbow Studios & THQ for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Microsoft Xbox 360 (360).
  • Virtua Tennis 4 is released by SEGA-AM3 & Sega for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), Microsoft Xbox 360 (360), & Nintendo Wii in North America.


  • Starhawk is released by LightBox Interactive, SCE Santa Monica Studio, & Sony Computer Entertainment for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) in Japan.


  • Carmageddon is scheduled to be released by Stainless Games, SCi, & Interplay for Android (AND) mobile devices.
  • Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine is scheduled to be released by Pocketwatch Games & Majesco Entertainment for the Microsoft Xbox 360 (360).