ⓘ 1972 in video gaming


ⓘ 1972 in video gaming

  • Following the poor sales of Computer Space, Nolan Bushnell leaves Nutting Associates to move his coin-op engineering and design firm with Ted Dabney in to a full-fledged company. When officially incorporating, Bushnell discovers that a roofing company had already been using their name Syzygy. In its place, the new corporation is named "Atari".
  • Pong was the first commercially successful video arcade game. It was first displayed in a prototype cabinet in a bar, Andy Capps Tavern.
  • May 24 – Magnavox unveils the Magnavox Odyssey, the first video game console, at a Burlingame, California convention. Nutting Associates, manufacturer of Computer Space, sends Nolan Bushnell to observe the launch. Bushnell reports back that he found the device underwhelming, and expresses no concern over the competition.

1. Notable releases

Video game consoles

  • September – Magnavox begins to sell the Magnavox Odyssey through its own retail stores.
  • November 29 – Atari releases its first arcade game, Allan Alcorns Pong.


  • Gregory Yob programs Hunt the Wumpus, an early progenitor of the interactive fiction genre, in BASIC for mainframe computers.
  • Don Daglow programs Star Trek on a PDP-10 mainframe computer at Pomona College. Note that this is a different game from the Star Trek game of 1971
  • Civilization not related to the Sid Meier Civilization games written on the HP2000 minicomputer at Evergreen State College. A rewrite of this game would come be to known as Empire Classic.
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  • Arnie Katz Bill Kunkel Joyce Worley August 1988 Video Gaming World Computer Gaming World. p. 44. I m sure you ve noticed that I ve made no reference
  • inventions and developments. Video gaming reached mainstream popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, when arcade video games, gaming consoles and home computer games
  • with like - minded others. Online gaming has drastically increased the scope and size of video game culture. Online gaming grew out of games on bulletin board
  • The video game industry is the economic sector involved in the development, marketing, and monetization of video games. It encompasses dozens of job disciplines
  • A video game console is a computer device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game that one or more people can play. The term
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  • created in 1972 by Peter Langston, taking its name from a Reed College board game of the same name. It was initially created by Langston in BASIC on
  • A multiplayer video game is a video game in which more than one person can play in the same game environment at the same time, either locally e.g. New
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