1973 in video gaming
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- March 19 – Kagemasa Kozuki establishes Konami Industry Co., Ltd. Formerly the owner of a jukebox repair/rental business in Osaka, Japan, Kozuki launches Konami to manufacture amusement machines for video arcades.
- May – Hudson Soft Ltd. is established in Sapporo, Japan for the purpose of marketing telecommunications devices and art photographs.
- Taito, an electro-mechanical arcade game manufacturer, enters the video game industry and opens a North American branch.
- Sega, an electro-mechanical arcade game manufacturer, enters the video game industry with Pong clones.
- Computer Space makes appearances in the films Soylent Green and Sleeper.
- Empire versions I, II and III are developed for the PLATO system by John Daleske. Possibly the first team game ever, the first fifty-player game ever, and numerous other innovations.
- Silas Warner takes over PLATO Empire version I and renames it Civilization.
- Lemonade Stand is developed for the first time.
- Maze War, an ancestor of the first-person shooter genre and an early network game, begins development for the Imlac PDS-1 computer.
- Midway Manufacturing Co. licenses Pong from Atari to produce Winner, their first video game arcade game.
- Atari releases Gotcha, the first commercial maze game, to video arcades.
- Atari releases PONG Doubles to video arcades. A variation on the wildly successful PONG, PONG Doubles is the first video arcade game to include four-player gameplay.
- Atari releases Space Race, the first Arcade Racing game ever.
- Williams Electronics releases Paddle Ball, an unlicensed duplicate of Pong, as their first arcade game.
- BASIC Computer Games was first published. It included 101 games written in BASIC.
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- "WINNER from Midway" (PDF). The International Arcade Museum. 1973. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
- Winters, David. "Atari PONG –The first steps–". PONG-Story. Archived from the original on February 13, 2006. Retrieved February 15, 2006.
- Kurtz, Bill (1997). Slot Machines and Coin-Op Games. New Jersey: Chartwell Books. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-55521-731-0.