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 2019).
  • 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 2019).

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
Alpine Skiing 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Asteroids Deluxe 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Astro Invader 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Balloon Bomber 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Battlezone 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Boxing (1980) July, 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Casino Slot Machine 1980 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey 2
Checkers 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Circus Atari 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cosmic Conflict 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Crazy Balloon 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dodge Em 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-19 1980 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Golf (1980) 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Horse Racing 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
King & Balloon October, 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Las Vegas Roulette 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Major League Baseball (1980) 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Missile Command July, 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Monaco GP 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
N-Sub October, 1980 Video Game Japan Arcade
NASL Soccer (Intellivision) 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
NFL Football (Intellivision) 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pac-Man 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Pac-Man May 22, 1980 Video Game Japan Arcade
PBA Bowling (Intellivision) 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pocket Billiards 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 Undefined Undefined
Sheriff 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Showdown in 2100 AD 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Skiing 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Battle 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Fever 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Launcher 1980 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Star Castle 1980 Video Game North America Arcade
Tennis (Intellivision) 1980 Video Game North America Intellivision
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 1980 Handheld Japan