1979 in video gaming
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- New companies:
- The US market for arcade games earns a revenue of $1.5 billion (equivalent to $4.87 billion in 2015).
- October, Namco releases Galaxian.
- November, Atari releases Asteroids, created by Ed Logg and Lyle Rains.
- November, Vectorbeam releases Tail Gunner, a space shooter with a first-person perspective.
- December, Nintendo releases Radar Scope, featuring a pseudo-3D, third-person perspective.
- Cinematronics releases Warrior.
- Atari releases Lunar Lander.
- August, Automated Simulations (Epyx) releases Temple of Apshai, one of the first graphical role-playing games for home computers, predating Akalabeth. It remains the best-selling computer RPG through to 1982.
- October, subLOGIC releases Flight Simulator for the Apple II. It is later released by Microsoft (1982).
- Richard Garriott creates Akalabeth, a computer role-playing game for the Apple IIe. It launches Garriott's career and is a precursor to his highly successful Ultima series.
- Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw create what is commonly recognized as the first playable MUD.
- December, Atari programmer Warren Robinett releases Adventure for the Atari 2600. It is recognized as the first visual adventure game, or action-adventure, and has one of the first known Easter eggs in a video game.
- June, Texas Instruments releases the TI-99/4 home computer.
- September, NEC releases the PC-8001, the first in the PC-8000 Series of home computers.
- Mattel test markets the Intellivision console in Fresno, California. It is released throughout the United States in 1980.
- November, Milton Bradley Company releases the first handheld game console, the Microvision.
- Nintendo's Gunpei Yokoi begins development on the Game & Watch, released as a line of handheld electronic games in 1980.
- Scorpia (October 1991). "C*R*P*G*S / Computer Role-Playing Game Survey". Computer Gaming World. p. 109. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- "List of Top Sellers". Computer Gaming World 2 (5): 2. September–October 1982.