1982 in video gaming

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1982 was the year that marked the peak of the golden age of arcade video games, and is the year before the Video Game Crash of 1983. Also, it marked the first year of Atari's unpopularity (it produced two unpopular games, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man).

Business[edit | edit source]

  • The US market for arcade games peak in revenue, worth $11.8 billion ($7.3 billion from coins, $4.5 billion from machine sales),[1] equivalent to $28.9 billion in 2019.
  • The European market for home video games is estimated to reach $800 million,[2] equivalent to $1.96 billion in 2019.

Notable Releases[edit | edit source]

Games[edit | edit source]

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Console Hardware[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
3D Bowling 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia 2001
4 in 1 Row 1982 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Adventures of Tron 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Air Lock 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Air Raid 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Alien 1982 Video Game North America Undefined
Alien Invaders 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Alpine Skiing 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
American Football (1982) 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Armor Battle 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Atari Video Cube 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Attack of the Timelord 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
B-17 Bomber 1982 Video Game North America Intellivision
Baby Pac-Man 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Backgammon (1982) 1982 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
Barnstorming 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Baseball (1982) 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Beat 'em and Eat 'em October 13, 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Bedlam 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
Birdie King 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Black Widow 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Blue Print 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Brain Quiz 1982 Video Game North America Emerson Arcadia 2001
Breakaway 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bugs (1982) 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Bump 'n' Jump 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Capture (1982) 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia 2001
Casino Slot Machine 1982 Video Game Brazil Magnavox Odyssey 2
Cat Trax 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cathouse Blues 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Challenge of Nexar 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Chopper Command 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Clean Sweep 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
Clowns 1982 Video Game International Commodore VIC-20
Coconuts 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Commando Raid 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Communist Mutants from Space 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Conquest of the World 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cosmic Ark 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Cosmic Creeps 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Crazy Climber 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Crypts of Chaos 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Custer's Revenge October 13, 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Dark Cavern 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Demon 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Demons to Diamonds 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Dig Dug 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Dishaster 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Donkey Kong March 3, 1982 Video Game International Intellivision
Donkey Kong June 3, 1982 Video Game International Game & Watch
Donkey Kong December 31, 1982 Video Game International ColecoVision
Donkey Kong 1982 Video Game International Atari 2600
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 Video Game North America Arcade, Atari 2600
Dragonstomper 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial December, 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Earth Dies Screaming 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Eggomania 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Eli's Ladder 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Encounter at L-5 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Entombed 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Escape 1982 Video Game North America Emerson Arcadia 2001
Exocet 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Exojet + 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fantastic Voyage 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Fast Eddie 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Fast Food 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Fire Fighter 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Fire Fly 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Fireball 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Freedom Fighters 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Frog Bog 1982 Video Game North America Intellivision, Atari 2600
Frogger 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Funky Fish 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Grand Prix (1982) 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Grand Slam Tennis 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Guardian 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Hyper Chase 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
I Want My Mommy 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
I've Got Your Number 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Infiltrate 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
International Soccer 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Invaders from Hyperspace 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Jawbreaker 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Journey: Escape 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Jungler 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
K.C. Munchkin 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
K.C.'s Krazy Chase 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kangaroo 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Ken Uston's Blackjack/Poker 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Killer Bees 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Killer Satellites 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Kinder im Verkehr 1 1982 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
King Kong 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Knight on the Town 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lady in Wadding 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Lochjaw 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lost Luggage 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
M*A*S*H 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
M.A.D. 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Marauder 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Math Gran Prix 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Megamania 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Microsurgeon 1982 Video Game North America Intellivision
Missile War 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ms. Pac-Man January, 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Name This Game 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ocean Battle 1982 Video Game North America Emerson Arcadia 2001
Oink 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Omega Race 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Out of this World/Helicopter Rescue 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
P.T. Barnum's Acrobats 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pac-Man 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Party Mix 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Pengo 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Phaser Patrol 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Philly Flasher 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Planet Patrol 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Pleiads 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Pleiads 1982 Video Game North America Emerson Arcadia 2001
Pooyan 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Popeye 1982 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
Q*Bert December 31, 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
QB-3 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Quantum 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Rabbit Transit 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Rally-X 1982 Video Game Japan Arcade
Ram It 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Reactor 1982 Video Game North America Arcade, Atari 2600
Real Sports Baseball 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Real Sports Football 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Real Sports Volleyball 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Red Clash 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Rescue Terra I 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Riddle of the Sphinx 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
River Raid 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Robin Hood: Prince of Theives November, 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Robin Hood: Prince of Theives December 10, 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Room of Doom 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Scramble 1982 Video Game Europe Vectrex
Sea Hawk 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Shootin' Gallery 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Sinistar 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sky Jinks 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Smithereens 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sneak 'n Peek 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Soccer (Arcadia 2001) 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia 2001
Solar Quest 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
Space Attack 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Attack (Arcadia 2001) 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia 2001
Space Canyon 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Duel 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Jockey 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Mission 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Raiders 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Vultures 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Space Wars 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
Spider-Man (1982) 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Spiders 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia 2001
Spike 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spinball 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Springer 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Squeeze Box 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Sssnake 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Star Chess 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Star Hawk 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Star Voyager (2600) 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back May 22, 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1982 Video Game North America Intellivision
Stargunner 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Starmaster June 23, 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Sub Scan 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Submarine Commander 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Suicide Mission 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Super Breakout 1982 Video Game North America Atari 5200
Super Challenge Baseball 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Challenge Football 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Super Locomotive 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Mouse 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Pac-Man 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Survival Island 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Sword of Saros 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Swordquest: Earthworld October, 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Tac-Scan 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Tac/Scan April 7, 1982 Video Game North America Arcade, Atari 2600
Tanks A Lot 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tanks But No Tanks 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Tapeworm 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tax Avoiders 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
The Mousing Cat 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
The Pit 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Threshold 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Tomarc the Barbarian 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Towering Inferno 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Trick Shot 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
TRON 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Tron: Deadly Discs 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Tron: Maze-A-Tron 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Turbo 1982 Video Game North America ColecoVision
Turmoil 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Turtles 1982 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey 2
Tutankham 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
UFO 1982 Video Game North America Magnavox Odyssey²
Vanguard 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Vectron 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Wabbit 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
War of Nerves 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
War of the Worlds 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Warplock 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Web Wars 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
Word Zapper 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Worm War I 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Xevious 1982 Video Game International Arcade
Zaxxon 1982 Video Game Japan Arcade
Zektor 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Zoo Keeper 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Zzyzzyxx 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Arcadia 2001 Controller 1982 Peripheral and Controller North America
Arcadia Supercharger 1982 Peripheral North America
Commodore 64 August, 1982 Home Computer North America
Emerson Arcadia 2001 1982 Home Console North America
Intellivision II 1982 Home Console North America