1979 in video gaming
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- October - subLOGIC releases Flight Simulator for the Apple II. It is later released by Microsoft (1982).
- October, Namco releases Galaxian, the first true color arcade game
- Atari releases Ed Logg & Lyle Rains' Asteroids.
- Richard Garriott creates Akalabeth, a role-playing video game for the Apple IIe. It launches Garriott's career and is a precursor to his highly successful Ultima series.
- Namco releases Bomb Bee, the sequel to Gee Bee, and Cutie Q, the second sequel to Gee Bee.
- Cinematronics releases Warrior.
- Atari releases Lunar Lander
- Atari programmer Warren Robinett releases Adventure for the Atari 2600. It is recognized as the first visual adventure game and has one of the first known Easter Eggs in any video game.
- Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw create what is commonly recognized as the first playable MUD. (Note: Many say that this happened in 1978, though Bartle has stated 1979.)
- Konami releases Space King, a Space Invaders clone that featured the exact graphics and characters of the original Space Invaders. Nintendo releases another clone with the exact graphics of the original Space Invaders, called Space Fever.
- Mattel test markets the Intellivision console in Fresno, California. It is released throughout the United States in 1980.
- Milton Bradley Company releases the Microvision handheld.
- Texas Instruments releases the TI-99/4 home computer.
- Warner Communications' Atari creates the Cosmos handheld (unreleased).