ⓘ 1979 in video gaming

                                     

ⓘ 1979 in video gaming

  • The US market for arcade games earns a revenue of $1.5 billion equivalent to $5.28 billion in 2020.
  • New companies: Activision, Capcom, Edu-Ware, Infocom, Quicksilva, Strategic Simulations
                                     

1.1. Notable releases Games

Arcade
  • April, Segas dot-eating driving game, Head On, is released. It becomes a popular concept to clone, especially for home systems.
  • October, Namco releases fixed shooter Galaxian in full color.
  • Cinematronics releases Warrior, one of the first fighting games without a boxing theme.
  • November, Atari releases the vector graphics-based Asteroids, which becomes Ataris second best selling game of all time and displaces Space Invaders as the most popular game in the US.
  • Sega releases the vertically scrolling Monaco GP, featuring full color and day/night driving. It is one of Segas last discrete logic no CPU hardware designs.
  • November, Vectorbeam releases Tail Gunner, a space shooter with a first-person perspective.
  • August, Atari releases Lunar Lander, the first arcade version of a game concept created on minicomputers ten years earlier.
  • December, Nintendo releases Radar Scope, featuring a pseudo-3D, third-person perspective. Later, 2000 out of 3000 manufactured machines are converted to Donkey Kong.
Computer
  • Atari, Inc.s 8K Star Raiders cartridge is released and becomes a system seller for the new Atari 400/800 computer line.
  • Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw create what is commonly recognized as the first playable MUD.
  • October, subLOGIC releases Flight Simulator for the Apple II.
  • August, Automated Simulations releases Temple of Apshai, one of the first graphical role-playing games for home computers. It remains the best-selling computer RPG through to 1982.
  • Richard Garriott creates Akalabeth, a computer role-playing game for the Apple II. It launches Garriotts career and is a precursor to his highly successful Ultima series.
Console
  • December, Atari Adventure for the Atari 2600. It is the first action-adventure game and has one of the first known Easter eggs.
                                     

1.2. Notable releases Hardware

Computer
  • September, NEC releases the PC-8001, the first in the PC-8000 series of home computers.
  • November, Atari, Inc. releases the first two models in the Atari 8-bit family: the Atari 400 and Atari 800 home computers. They feature custom graphics and sound coprocessors which support sprites, four-channel audio, and programmable display modes.
  • June, Texas Instruments releases the TI-99/4. It is the first home computer with a 16-bit processor and, with TIs TMS9918 video chip, one of the first with hardware sprites.
Console
  • Mattel test markets the Intellivision console in Fresno, California. It is released throughout the United States in 1980.
Handheld
  • November, Milton Bradley Company releases the Microvision, the first handheld game console that uses interchangeable cartridges.
                                     
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