On This Day In Tech History 'Gaming Edition' - February 20

Hello again everyone, today has been a great day in tech history. Particularly in the gaming sector, and I am excited to tell you all about it!


On this day in 1987: Konami releases the arcade version of Contra in Japan. This famous run and gun shooter was originally released as a coin-op arcade game. Following it's success, only one year later it was released for NES (original Nintendo for all you youngsters) and PC. Fun fact - In 1987, the average cost for an NES game was $50. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $111.53 today.


On this day in 1996: The Shareware v1.1 - DOS version of Duke Nukem 3D was released around the world by 3D Realms. Fun fact - Shareware is essentially what we consider "free-to-play" games nowadays. This version of Duke Nukem could easily be called beta testing, with the full game being released in April of 1996.



On this day in 2004: Activision released the Game Boy Advance version of Pitfall The Lost Expedition to the PAL reagion. If you didn't get to play Pitfall as a kid then you missed out. I can't even begin to guess how many hours of my youth I sunk into playing, and replaying, this addictive action-adventure game on both Game Boy and Sega Genesis. This was the 6th edition in the Pitfall series and ultimately was the last. Fun fact - The PAL (Phase Alternating Line) covers most of Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Oceania. It is designated this way because it uses the PAL standard for television instead of the NTSC standard used in Japan and the US.


Also on this day in 2004: Final Fantasy X-2 was released on Playstation 2 in the UK, Denmark, Germany and Sweden!


On this day in 2014: Angry Birds Rio is released on iPhone.


Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this edition of On This Day.


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