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Social Good lord, 1999 had a game for EVERYONE. How did anyone choose their Christmas present back then?

JordanN

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Update: I hit the image limit. Only 50 games I could put in the OP. That said, plenty of users have helped kept track of the rest in this thread.

1999 was the year many people thought the world was going to end, yet despite this, every month had a must play title.

But when you got to December 25th, 1999, how did you know what game you wanted to play? Just look at this list,

WCW/nWo Thunder
Release: January 15, 1999


Super Smash Bros
Release: January 21, 1999



SimCity 3000
Release: February 1, 1999



Final Fantasy VIII
Release: February 11, 1999


Syphon Filter
Release: February 17, 1999



Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
Release: February 23, 1999



Silent Hill
Release: February 23, 1999


Power Stone
Release: February 25, 1999



Beetle Adventure Racing
Release: February 28, 1999


Need for Speed: High Stakes
Release: March 1, 1999



EverQuest
Release: March 16, 1999



Um Jammer Lammy
Release: March 18, 1999



Pokémon Snap
Release: March 21, 1999


RollerCoaster Tycoon
Release: March 22, 1999



Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko
Release: March 23, 1999




Team Fortress Classic
Release: April 7, 1999




Pokémon Pinball
Release: April 14, 1999




Aliens versus Predator
Release: April 30, 1999



Midtown Madness
Release: April 30, 1999



Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
Release: May 10, 1999



Ape Escape
Release: May 31, 1999




Driver
Release: June 25, 1999




Croc 2
Release: June 30. 1999


Dungeon Keeper 2
Release: July 7, 1999



The Misadventures of Tron Bonne
Release: July 22, 1999


Outcast
Release: July 31, 1999


Madden NFL 2000
Release: July 31, 1999




Soulcalibur
Release: August 5, 1999



System Shock 2
Release: August 11, 1999


Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Release: August 16, 1999


Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
Release: August 31, 1999




Ready 2 Rumble Boxing
Release: September 9, 1999



Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Release: September 22, 1999


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Release: September 29, 1999



Crash Team Racing
Release: September 30, 1999


Age of Empires 2
Release: September 30, 1999



Jet Force Gemini
Release: October 11, 1999



Grand Theft Auto 2
Release: October 22, 1999


Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Release: October 29, 1999


Medal of Honor
Release: October 31, 1999


Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
Release: November 2, 1999



Chrono Cross
Release: November 18, 1999




Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Release: November 19, 1999




Pokémon Gold and Silver
Release: November 21, 1999



Unreal Tournament
Release: November 22, 1999



Donkey Kong 64
Release: November 22, 1999


Turok: Rage Wars
Release:November 23, 1999


Quake III Arena
Release: December 2, 1999



Gran Turismo 2
Release: December 11, 1999



Shenmue
Release: December 29, 1999




Fucking ridiculous. Who was able to play all these games in a single year?
 
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Wow, forgot how good that year was. I think between my brothers and I we ended up with 5 or 6 on that list.

Smash bros, FF8, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Silver, Ape Escape, Tony Hawks.
 
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I was 9 years old that Christmas and I got to unwrap Donkey Kong 64 on Christmas Eve. Also had a birthday in December so got Pokemon Silver for that.

One of my favorite Christmas.
 

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What a year. 1996-1999 was incredible.

My personal Xmas experience was Pokemon Gold and DK64.
Followed by my mom yelling at me all Xmas break to go outside and play in the snow, not realizing she had just given me 2 of the best games of that generation.
 

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Pokemon Silver was my Xmas present two years later <3
Dont get why it took until April 2001 to release in Europe.
 
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By my count there are:
  • 41 game covers shown
  • 4 games could be classified as having scantily clad, 'sexy' ladies on them (Tomb Raider, Everest, Gex, Dungeon Keeper)(Gex shouldn't even count)
  • Less than 10% of the games sold in 1999 (using this random sampling) use "sex" to sell to gamers.
  • Yet people like Anita Sarkesian are telling you the sky is falling.
Tinfoil-Hat Time:
You are being lied to on a daily basis.....
Don't believe your TV.
Don't trust the internet.
Do your own research for the truth.
 

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God the late 90's/early 2000's were insane. 1998, 1999 and 2001 were such outstanding years for gaming, my personal peak of this industry should I say.

PS1 and N64 reaching their apex, Saturn throwing a few masterpieces as a last hurrah (Radiant Silvergun, Shining Force 3, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Burning Rangers), The Dreamcast coming out guns blazing with one of the greatest launch lineups ever, PC gaming becoming a major pillar with unmissable titles (where's Planescape: Torment by the way ? It was a highlight of 1999 as well.), the first Pokemon craze resurrecting the handheld market, Microsoft wowing everyone with the specs and demos of their future console, and the summer/autumn of 2001, holy fucking shiiiiiit ! What a time for gaming.

At least, as a European, some of those titles didn't reach our shores until later (early 2000 for GT2 and RE3, late 2000 for Shemnue and Pokemon Snap), much later (mid 2001 for Pokemon Gold/Silver), so a choice for a Christmas 99 pick was a tad more limited and manageable :)

I wasn't into gaming yet, but if I were, I'm sure I would've picked a GBC with Pokemon Red (which just came out in Oct. 99).
 
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You forgot WWF SMACKDOWN and WWF SD 2 in may and December, if memory serves correctly.
 

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Rollercoaster Tycoon
Final Fantasy 8
Smash Bros
Silent Hill
Souls Calibur..... Probably took most my year away.
 
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JordanN

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God the late 90's/early 2000's were insane. 1998, 1999 and 2001 were such outstanding years for gaming, my personal peak of this industry should I say.

PS1 and N64 reaching their apex, Saturn throwing a few masterpieces as a last hurrah (Radiant Silvergun, Shining Force 3, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Burning Rangers), The Dreamcast coming out guns blazing with one of the greatest launch lineups ever, PC gaming becoming a major pillar with unmissable titles (where's Planescape: Torment by the way ? It was a highlight of 1999 as well.), the first Pokemon craze resurrecting the handheld market, Microsoft wowing everyone with the specs and demos of their future console, and the summer/autumn of 2001, holy fucking shiiiiiit ! What a time for gaming.

At least, as a European, some of those titles didn't reach our shores until later (early 2000 for GT2 and RE3, late 2000 for Shemnue and Pokemon Snap), much later (mid 2001 for Pokemon Gold/Silver), so a choice for a Christmas 99 pick was a tad more limited and manageable :)

I wasn't into gaming yet, but if I were, I'm sure I would've picked a GBC with Pokemon Red (which just came out in Oct. 99).
I went with the original release dates because you could still import those games from other countries.

Dealing with region lock... well, I think people chipped their consoles or if you had a gameboy it was always region free.
 
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Was a great year. I played Driver, TH, FFVIII, RE3 on PSX. On PC played Midtown Madness, Quake 3, Unreal Tournament. Dreamcast came out as well with probably the best launch in history. And don't forget Arcades, they were around and I played a shit ton of Hydro Thunder in there.
 
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PC gaming becoming a major pillar with unmissable titles

PC was THE major pillar for years. It had the best games and genres of any gaming platform. Its where near all genres we play today originated, got formed, evolved. FPS, RPG, adventure, strategy, mmo's, simulations, moba's, deathmatch, e-sports, lan games.

I always felt its a shame how so incredibly console focused this forum always was. Missing the creatiion of genres and the best games because they were so focused on consoles which i always felt had infinitely inferior titles.
 

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I’m looking at the list of 1999 games and I forgot a few. I think I got Donkey Kong 64 and Grandia for Christmas, but I also got Gran Turismo 2 on Christmas Eve. I was playing a lot of UT/Q3A at the time as well.

More great games came out in that 1998-2000 period than have the past 10 years, it’s sad but true.
 
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PC was THE major pillar for years. It had the best games and genres of any gaming platform. Its where near all genres we play today originated, got formed, evolved. FPS, RPG, adventure, strategy, mmo's, simulations, moba's, deathmatch, e-sports, lan games.

I always felt its a shame how so incredibly console focused this forum always was. Missing the creatiion of genres and the best games because they were so focused on consoles which i always felt had infinitely inferior titles.
I like reading the comments where people still try and justify 30fps, when PC gamers where achieving frame rates as high as 400fps in the 90s.

Our standards for gaming has fallen considerably since then.
 
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