1972 in video gaming

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Events[edit]

  • Pong was the first commercially successful video arcade game, as well as the first video game to be subject to a lawsuit. It was first displayed in a prototype cabinet in a bar, Andy Capp's Tavern.[citation needed]
  • 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".[1]
  • May 24 – Magnavox unveils the 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[edit]

Video game consoles[edit]

Games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Herman, Leonard et al. (2002). "The Games Begin 1971–1977". GameSpot. Retrieved 15 February 2006. 
  2. ^ Jerz, Dennis G. (2002). "Hunt the Wumpus -- Gregory Yob (c. 1972)". Interactive Fiction — Foundational Works. Retrieved 15 February 2006. 
  3. ^ "Conclusion". Game Design Workshop: Designing, Prototyping, and Playtesting Games. Retrieved 15 February 2006. 
  4. ^ "Empire Classic homepage". Empire Classic website. Retrieved 7 April 2007.