10 Years Ago – Great Video and PC Games Released in 2000

Ten years ago, in 2000, the world the world was entering a new millennium.  George W. Bush was elected President of the United States, while Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia.  Foreshadowing the evils of what was to come, Al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the U.S.S. Cole.  On the brighter side, Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to make an official papal visit to Israel, while the International Space Station welcomed its first crewmembers, officially marking the age of a persistent presence of mankind in space. Meanwhile, India welcomed newborn citizen number one billion, while US federal agents returned Elián González to his father in Cuba.  Theatres filled with people watching movies like X-MEN, Gladiator, and Cast Away. And perhaps as an official response for being on the losing side of the United States v. Microsoft antitrust ruling, Microsoft releases Windows ME to an unsuspecting public.

While world events unfolded, gamers still whittled their days away playing some classic games.  A few of the notable games released in North America in 2000 included:

  • American McGee’s Alice (PC)
  • Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Ahm (PC)
  • Banjo Tooie (Nintendo 64)
  • Chrono Cross (PlayStation)
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (PC)
  • Deus Ex (PC)
  • Diablo II (PC)
  • Escape From Monkey Island (PC)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PlayStation)
  • Icewind Dale (PC)
  • MechWarrior 4: Vengeance (PC)
  • Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64)
  • Resident Evil: Codename Veronica (Dreamcast)
  • Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Nintendo 64)
  • The Operative: No One Lives Forever (PC)
  • The Sims (PC)

Looking at that short list I’d say that PC gamers had more than enough gaming goodness to keep them occupied through the year!

X-MEN was one of the great movies of 2000.