1979 in video gaming

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List of years in video gaming

1979 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Galaxian, Warrior and Asteroids.



Notable releases[edit]


  • 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.




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