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Today in Gaming History: October 13th, 1999 – Thousand Arms Charms North American Gamers on PSOne

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Thousand Arms is a role playing/dating sim that charmed its way onto the North American shores on October 13th, 1999. Thousand Arms is recognized as the first legitimate dating sim to break into the mainstream gaming market in North America. Mixing dating simulation with role playing trappings was probably the best combination of both worlds.

While Thousand Arms is not the first RPG to mix, at least some, basic dating elements (Phantasy Star III anyone?) it is the first to take it to this level of depth. There was not much bad press about Thousand Arms when it was released (I remember reading about it in an old issue of Gamefan, myself) where it was lauded as different and fun.thousand arms atlus psone sony playstation retro (1) thousand arms atlus psone sony playstation retro (2)

Today, we salute Atlus for trying something different and unique, and taking one hell of a chance with their future in doing so. Thank you.

Carl Williams

Carl has been gaming since he was five years old with the Atari 2600 on up to the Super Nintendo and Playstation Portable and Android. Being involved in gaming media for over five years has only sharpened his skills with new challenges in gaming and how to best relay it to others.

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