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]

Arcade
Console
Computer

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
Alien 1982 Video Game North America Undefined
Alpine Skiing 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Armor Battle 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
Beat 'em and Eat 'em October 13, 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Beat Em and Eat Em October 13, 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bedlam 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
Birdie King 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Blue Print 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Brain Quiz 1982 Video Game North America Emerson Arcadia 2001
Bump 'n' Jump 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Casino Slot Machine 1982 Video Game Brazil Magnavox Odyssey 2
Cathouse Blues 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
Communist Mutants from Space 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Custer's Revenge October 13, 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Dark Cavern 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Dig Dug 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
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
Eggomania 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Encounter at L-5 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Escape 1982 Video Game North America Emerson Arcadia 2001
Exojet + 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
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
Grand Prix (1982) 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Grand Slam Tennis 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
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
International Soccer 1982 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Invaders from Hyperspace 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
Lochjaw 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lost Luggage 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Marauder 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Microsurgeon 1982 Video Game North America Intellivision
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
Omega Race 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Out of this World/Helicopter Rescue 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
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
Reactor 1982 Video Game North America Arcade, 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
Sky Jinks 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Smithereens 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Soccer (Arcadia 2001) 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia 2001
Solar Quest 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
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 Wars 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
Spike 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spinball 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Star Hawk 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator 1982 Video Game North America Arcade
Starmaster June 23, 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 Locomotive 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Mouse 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Survival Island 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Sword of Saros 1982 Video Game North America Arcadia Supercharger
Tac/Scan April 7, 1982 Video Game North America Arcade, 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
Tomarc the Barbarian 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
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
Web Wars 1982 Video Game North America Vectrex
Word Zapper 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Xevious 1982 Video Game International Arcade
Zaxxon 1982 Video Game Japan Arcade
Zzyzzyxx 1982 Video Game Undefined Undefined

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

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