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- New companies: Activision, Edu-Ware, Infocom, Strategic Simulations, Capcom
- The US market for arcade games earns a revenue of $1.5 billion (equivalent to $5.06 billion in 2018).
- April, Sega's dot-eating driving game, Head On, is released. It becomes a popular concept to clone, especially for home systems.
- October, Namco releases fixed shooter Galaxian in full color.
- August, Atari releases Lunar Lander, the first arcade version of a game concept created on minicomputers ten years earlier.
- November, Atari releases the vector graphics-based Asteroids, which becomes Atari's second best selling game of all time and displaces Space Invaders as the most popular game in the US.
- 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. Later, 2000 out of 3000 manufactured machines are converted to Donkey Kong.
- Cinematronics releases Warrior, one of the first fighting games without a boxing theme.
- Sega releases the vertically scrolling Monaco GP, featuring full color and day/night driving. It is one of Sega's last discrete logic (no CPU) hardware designs.
- August, Automated Simulations releases Temple of Apshai, one of the first graphical role-playing games for home computers. It remains the best-selling computer RPG through to 1982.
- October, subLOGIC releases Flight Simulator for the Apple II.
- Richard Garriott creates Akalabeth, a computer role-playing game for the Apple II. 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.
- Atari, Inc.'s 8K Star Raiders cartridge is released and becomes a system seller for the new Atari 400/800 computer line.
- December, Atari Adventure for the Atari 2600. It is the first action-adventure game and has one of the first known Easter eggs.
- June, Texas Instruments releases the TI-99/4, the first home computer with a 16-bit processor.
- September, NEC releases the PC-8001, the first in the PC-8000 Series of home computers.
- November, Atari, Inc. releases the first two models in the Atari 8-bit family: the Atari 400 and Atari 800 home computers. They feature custom graphics and sound coprocessors, including hardware sprites.
- 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 November 18, 2013.
- "List of Top Sellers". Computer Gaming World. 2 (5): 2. September–October 1982.