The First Lord Of The Rings Movie Turned 20 Yesterday And That’s Kind Of Wild

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If you're thing similar me, I privation to apologize successful beforehand due to the fact that you're truly astir to consciousness your age:  Peter Jackson's Lord of the RingsThe Fellowship of the Ring turned 20 years aged yesterday. 

Pretty wild, right? I knew the movie was old, but proceeding that it was 20 years old, having archetypal released into theaters connected December 19, 2001, was a batch to instrumentality in. With 20 years down it, a beloved movie that galore inactive respect arsenic an all-time precocious for phantasy storytelling successful cinema, I figured it'd beryllium amusive to instrumentality a look astatine what 2001 looked similar erstwhile "The Fellowship of the Ring" deed theaters. What consoles were we each playing? What were the astir important games that year? As you mightiness expect, these amusive small tidbits volition consciousness arsenic aging arsenic the quality that The Fellowship of the Ring is 20 years old, truthful mentally hole for that. Without further ado…

When Peter Jackson's archetypal Lord of the Rings movie deed theaters, there's a bully accidental you skipped its theatre merchandise to play video games, and that's due to the fact that you mightiness person been excessively excited to permission your Gamecube oregon Xbox. Nintendo's purple Gamecube console deed North American markets connected November 18, 2001, conscionable 1 period earlier The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters. 

Three days earlier the Gamecube, Microsoft officially entered the console marketplace with its marque caller Xbox connected November 15, 2001. There was this ace fashionable motorboat crippled that you mightiness person been preoccupied with connected Xbox, too. Hmmm, what was it? Fusion Frenzy? Heck nary (although Fuzion Frenzy is amazing)! I'm talking astir Halo: Combat Evolved! 

Funnily enough, Microsoft believed that Fuzion Frenzy was the motorboat crippled that needed to beryllium pushed, having reserves astir Halo: Combat Evolved (I learned of this successful Game Informer's latest occurrence of Video Gameography, which details the past of Halo: Combat Evolved). Little did we cognize that Halo: Combat Evolved would go the instauration for 1 of the biggest shooter franchises of each time. 

Elsewhere, Surreal Software, The Whole Experience, and Pocket Studios worked connected Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance versions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, a crippled released successful September 2002. That would beryllium the archetypal 3D Lord of the Rings game, with War of the Ring and The Hobbit releasing successful 2003. The Lord of the Rings Online would beryllium released 4 years aboriginal successful 2007, and judge it oregon not, it's inactive receiving expansions contiguous – the Fate of Gundabad enlargement deed the MMO this year!

Some different notable 2001 games see Final Fantasy X, 1 of the astir fashionable entries successful the full series, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Grand Theft Auto III, which was the archetypal crippled successful the franchise to marque the leap to 3D, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, the first-ever Devil May Cry game, and arguably 1 of the champion enactment sports games ever released, SSX Tricky (please remaster this already, EA). Super Smash Bros. Melee besides deed Gamecube successful 2001, and that's a crippled inactive beloved contiguous – Nintendo adjacent precocious announced authoritative tourney enactment for the 20-year-old fighter.

Ahhh, the passing of time...


Do you retrieve seeing The Fellowship of the Ring in theaters? What games, books, movies, and euphony bash you retrieve enjoying that year? Let america cognize successful the comments below!

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