Rising up from the troubled end of Square.net, RPGamer set to do what no other site had done before: cover all RPGs. Truth be told, the staff didn't really know what that meant at first. There were so many titles the site had to catch up on. We went to the readers to find out what RPGs were most important to them. For the first few years, this goal was focused mostly on the console platforms. Having only covered Squaresoft titles, entire series such as Dragon Quest/Warrior and The Legend of Zelda were tops on the list. Eager to please the fans, this is when The Legend of Zelda series was declared part of RPGamer's coverage and has been debated ever since.
RPGamer itself was trying to find a way to sustain itself. Being rather small, the staff decided we would join IGN's network of affiliates. Other sites in this network included: Case's Ladder, GameFAQs, Gaming Age, Nintendojo, and Zelda Headquarters.
There were three major consoles in play in 1998; the PlayStation, the Nintendo 64, and the Sega Saturn. The Saturn was just beginning to wind down as Sega prepared for the next console. The Game Boy Color was still dominating the handhelds. Popular titles that were released in 1998 were Final Fantasy Tactics, Parasite Eve, Pokemon, Xenogears, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
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RPGamer Index - 1998