1981 in video gaming
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- November - The British video game magazine Computer and Video Games (C&VG) starts.
- Arnie Katz and Bill Kunkel found Electronic Games, the first magazine on video games and generally recognized as the beginning of video game journalism.
- February, Namco releases New Rally-X
- June, Ultima was released, starting one of the most successful lines of role-playing video games.
- July, Namco releases Warp and Warp
- July 9, Nintendo releases Shigeru Miyamoto's game Donkey Kong for the arcade machine.
- September, Wizardry is released, starting one of the most successful lines of role-playing video games.
- October 21, Williams Electronics releases Eugene Jarvis's Stargate.
- Midway releases Gorf and Wizard of Wor.
- Sega releases the Turbo and the Frogger video game, which was developed by Konami.
- Namco releases New Rally-X, Warp and Warp, Galaga, and Bosconian, which is the first game to have a continue feature.
- Nelsonic releases the Space Attacker watch LCD game.
- IBM and Microsoft include the game DONKEY.BAS with the IBM PC, arguably the first IBM PC compatible game.
- President Elect, the first commercially published political simulation game, was released by Strategic Simulations.
- Muse Software releases Silas Warner's Castle Wolfenstein.
- Polybius, an urban legend game, is said to have been released in 1981.
- Astrovision Inc. distributes the Bally Computer System after buying the rights from Bally/Midway
- Acorn Computers Ltd releases the BBC Micro home computer, which brought the game Elite to prominence
- Coleco Industries releases the Total Control 4 home console
- Commodore Business Machines releases the Commodore VIC-20 home computer
- SEGA test markets the SG-1000 home console in Japan
- Sinclair Research releases the ZX81 home computer in the UK. Shortly, J. K. Greye Software publishes 3D Monster Maze written by Malcolm Evans – the first video game featuring real-time 3D graphics without using specialized vector graphics hardware
- November - Nintendo´s Game & Watch is released in Sweden.
- APF Electronics, Inc. goes defunct