Video Games 1980

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Video Games 1980: Intro

Video Games 1980: Mattel releases the Intellivision video game console. Sinclair Research releases the ZX80 home computer and Acorn Computers release the Atom, the first domestic computers to play games in the UK. Tandy releases the Tandy Color Computer.

Video Games 1980: Game & Watch

Nintendo releases the Game & Watch series of LCD handheld electronic games by Gunpei Yokoi. Each Game & Watch features a single game to be played on an LCD screen in addition to a clock, an alarm, or both. Source

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Arcade Games 1980

Namco releases Pac-Man (originally known as Puckman in Japan). It becomes the highest-grossing game of all time. It has the first gaming mascot character, established the maze chase genre, opened gaming to female audiences, introduced power-ups and featured cutscenes. Atari releases Missile Command. Nichibutsu releases the vertically-scrolling Crazy Climber, the first video game with a climbing mechanic and an objective of climbing to the top of the level. Stern Electronics releases Berzerk, with designer Alan McNeil’s signature on the monitor glass of each cabinet. Namco releases Rally-X, the first game with a bonus round. It also features multi-directional scrolling. Universal releases Space Panic, often cited as the first platform game, though the term was still several years in the future. Atari releases Battlezone (it is later enhanced for the US Army for military training—albeit relying on specialized vector graphics hardware). Cinematronics releases Star Castle.

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The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo. It was released in 1990 in Japan and South Korea, 1991 in North America, 1992 in Europe and Australasia (Oceania), and 1993 in South America.

Computer and Console 1980

Atari’s port of Space Invaders becomes the 2600’s killer app, and the first console title to sell a million copies.

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Infocom releases Zork I, the first Zork game and the first Infocom game. Rogue is written by Michael Toy, Glenn Wichman, and Ken Arnold, spawning the genre of roguelike games. Edu-Ware releases The Prisoner for the Apple II, loosely based upon the 1960s TV series of the same name. Strategic Simulations, Inc. releases its first game: Computer Bismarck for the TRS-80.

Gaming innovations

  • First platform game: Space Panic by Universal
  • First game with a bonus round: Rally-X by Namco
  • Crazy Climber was the first video game with a climbing mechanic
  • First gaming mascot character: Pac-Man by Namco
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The Nintendo Entertainment System is an 8-bit home video game console that was developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was initially released in Japan as the Family Computer on July 15, 1983, and was later released in New York City in 1985, and throughout the U.S as well as in Europe and Australia during 1986 and 1987.

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