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SwordQuest Challenge

Atari's Extravagant Video Game Contest

The SwordQuest Challenge was a video game contest held by Atari between 1982 and 1984.  The contest was centered around a new video game series that Atari was releasing for their home video game console, the Atari VCS.

The origin of the SwordQuest series was conceived by the Easter egg that was hidden and found in Atari’s previous video game “Adventure”.   Adventure drew a lot of public attention when the hidden Easter egg was found and documented which led Atari to capitalize on the idea of hiding messages within an action-adventure game.  By creating an action-adventure series where players had to find both in game clues and clues contained within the physical material bundled with the game provided Atari with an outstanding marketing opportunity.

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Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

Remake of Metal Gear Solid for the Nintendo GameCube

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by Silicon Knights in conjunction with Konami as an exclusive for the Nintendo GameCube.  Published by Konami, Twin Snakes is a remake of the original Metal Gear Solid which released exclusively for the PlayStation in 1998.  The game features graphical improvements, new cutscenes written and directed by Japanese filmmaker Ryuhei Kitamura and gameplay functions originally introduced in the sequel Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.

This Week In Gaming

Events That Took Place On July 18th
23 Years AgoMission: ImpossibleNintendo 641998
18 Years AgoPokemon Channel BoxPokémon ChannelGameCube2003
Events That Took Place On July 19th
34 Years AgoAnmitsu Hime
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World (Japan)
Mark III1987
33 Years AgoDonkey Kong JuniorFamicom Disk System1988
30 Years AgoFinal Fantasy IV (Japan)Super Famicom1991
19 Years AgoSuper Mario Sunshine (Japan)GameCube2002
Events That Took Place On July 20th
38 Years AgoMario Bros Cabinet 1Mario Bros.Arcade1983
33 Years AgoBionic Commando Japanese BoxBionic Commando (Japan)Famicom1988
31 Years AgoDevil's Crush PC Engine BoxDevil’s Crush (Japan)PC Engine1990
Events That Took Place On July 21st
26 Years AgoVirtual Boy (Japan)Console Launch1995
26 Years AgoCastlevania: Dracula X (Japan)Super Famicom1995
26 Years AgoMario Tennis (Japan)Virtual Boy1995
21 Years AgoMario Tennis (Japan)Nintendo 642000
20 Years AgoMario Kart: Super Circuit (Japan)Game Boy Advance2001
4 Years AgoSplatoon 2 BoxSplatoon 2Nintendo Switch2017
Events That Took Place On July 22nd
33 Years AgoBlades of Steel Famicom Disk System BoxBlades of Steel (Japan)Famicom Disk System1988
25 Years AgoQuakePC1996
17 Years AgoPaper Mario - The Thousand-Year Door BoxPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorGameCube2004
Events That Took Place On July 23rd
62 Years AgoYoshio SakamotoBirth of Yoshio SakamotoDesigner
Director
Producer
1959
28 Years AgoRoad Rash IISega Genesis1993
20 Years AgoMax PaynePC2001
Events That Took Place On July 24th
75 Years AgoAl Lowe 1980sBirth of Al LoweDesigner
Programmer
Writer
Composer
1946
29 Years AgoTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (Japan)Super Famicom1992
25 Years AgoSierra On-Line Logo CUC International acquires Sierra On-LineCompany Acquisition1996