Video Games 1978: Intro
Video Games 1978: Taito released Space Invaders in Japan. Midway gave Space Invaders a wide release in North America. The worldwide success of Space Invaders marks the beginning of the golden age of arcade video games. Namco released their first arcade video game, Gee Bee, in Japan. Atari popularized the trackball controller with Football. Atari also released Super Breakout, the multi-directional scrolling game Fire Truck, Canyon Bomber, and Avalanche. Konami released their first arcade video game, Block Game. Nintendo released their first arcade video game, Computer Othello. Source
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Video Games 1978: Home console releases
Magnavox released the Odyssey2 (also known as Philips Videopac) home console. Also, Interton released their VC 4000 home console. In addition, APF Electronics released the APF-M1000 home console.
Magnavox Odyssey2 1978
The Magnavox Odyssey2, also known as Philips Odyssey2 is a second generation home video game console released in 1978. It was sold in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000, in Brazil as the Philips Odyssey and in Japan as Odyssey2. Odyssey2 was one of the major three home consoles prior to the 1983 video game market crash, along with Atari 2600 and IntelliVision. One of the strongest points of the system was its speech synthesis unit, which was released as an add-on for speech, music, and sound effects enhancement.
Arcades 1978: Space Invaders takes over
Space Invaders is one of the earliest shooting games and the aim is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon to earn as many points as possible. In designing the game, Nishikado drew inspiration from popular media: Breakout, The War of the Worlds, and Star Wars. To complete it, he had to design custom hardware and development tools.
- First video game with cooperative gameplay: Fire Truck by Atari