1980 in video gaming
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- May 22, Namco releases Pac-Man. It becomes their biggest selling game of all time
- July, Warner Communications' Atari releases the Missile Command arcade game
- October, Warner Communications' Atari releases the Tempest color vector arcade game.
- November, Nintendo releases the Radar Scope arcade game
- November, Warner Communications' Atari releases Battlezone arcade game (it was later enhanced for the US Army for military training)—albeit relying on specialized vector graphics hardware.
- December, Infocom releases Zork I, the first Zork game and the first Infocom game.
- Namco releases Navalone, Kaitei Takara Sagashi, SOS, King and Balloon, which is the first game to feature synthesized voices, Tank Battalion and Rally-X, which is the first game to feature a bonus round.
- Rogue is written by Michael Toy, Glenn Wichman, and Ken Arnold, spawning the category of roguelike games.
- Nintendo releases the Game & Watch handheld LCD game by Gunpei Yokoi.
- Stern Electronics releases the Berzerk arcade game.
- Williams Electronics releases the Defender arcade game.
- Warner Communications' Atari releases the Centipede (by Ed Logg & Dona Bailey) and Warlords arcade games
- Universal release the arcade game Space Panic, often cited as the first platform game.
- Edu-Ware releases The Prisoner, loosely based upon the 1960s TV series of the same name. Programmed by David Mullich, it became a classic of the Apple II platform.