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1980 in video gaming

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Business[edit | edit source]

  • New companies: Mindscape, Inc., Sierra On-Line.
  • Mattel creates the original five-programmer Intellivision game design team, nicknamed the Blue Sky Rangers by a magazine writer when the company keeps their names secret in a TV Guide interview.
  • The US arcade game market's revenues rise to $7.19 billion in 1980[1] (equivalent to $20.6 billion in 2020).
  • The home video game console market in the US generates $500 million in sales of systems and cartridges[2] (equivalent to $1.44 billion in 2020).

Notable releases[edit | edit source]

Games[edit | edit source]

Arcade
Computer

Hardware[edit | edit source]

Arcade
Console
Computer

References[edit | edit source]

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
3-D Tic-Tac-Toe 1980 Video Game North America Atari 8-bit
Adventure 1980 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Alien Invaders Plus 1980 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey 2
Alpine Skiing 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Asteroids Deluxe 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Astro Fighter 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Astro Invader 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Auto Racing October 3, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Balloon Bomber 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Battlezone 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Blockout!/Breakdown! 1980 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey 2
Boxing (1980) July, 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Carnival (1980) 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Casino Slot Machine 1980 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey 2
Championship Soccer 1980 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Checkers September 17, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Chinese Logic 1980 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
Circus Atari 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cosmic Conflict 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Crazy Balloon 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Crazy Climber 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Dodge Em 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dodger Cars 1980 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Dragster 1980 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Dynasty 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Electronic Table Soccer 1980 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey 2
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-19 1980 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fishing Derby 1980 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Golf (1980) 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Gopher 1980 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Heiankyo Alien January, 1980 Video Game Japan Arcade
Heli Fire June, 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Horse Racing October 3, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Kaitei Takara Sagashi 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
King & Balloon October, 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Las Vegas Blackjack 1980 Video Game Brazil Magnavox Odyssey 2
Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Las Vegas Roulette 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Major League Baseball September 4, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Missile Command July, 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Mission X 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Monaco GP 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
N-Sub October, 1980 Video Game Japan Arcade
NASL Soccer (Intellivision) September 4, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Navarone 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
NBA Basketball (Intellivision) August 25, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
NFL Football (Intellivision) August 27, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
NHL Hockey (Intellivision) October 3, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Pac-Man 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Pac-Man May 22, 1980 Video Game Japan Arcade
Pachinko 1980 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey 2
PGA Golf November 5, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Phoenix December, 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pocket Billiards 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Polaris (arcade game) 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Radar Scope November, 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Red Baron 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Rip Off 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Rip-Off 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sea Battle October 3, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Sheriff 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Showdown in 2100 AD 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Skiing 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Battle August 25, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Space Fever 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Firebird 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Launcher 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Panic November, 1980 Video Game International Arcade
Spectar 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Speedway/Spin-Out/Crypto-Logic 1980 Video Game Brazil Magnavox Odyssey 2
Star Castle 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Stratovox August, 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tank Battalion 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tennis (Intellivision) December 10, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
The Electric Company: Math Fun 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Electric Company: Word Fun 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Thunderball 1980 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
US Ski Team Skiing December 10, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
USCF Chess November 23, 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
Volleyball (Magnavox Odyssey 2) 1980 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey 2
Warlords 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Zeus World 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Computer TV-Game 1980 Dedicated Console Japan
Game & Watch (series) 1980 Handheld Japan