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

List of years in video gaming

Contents

EventsEdit

BusinessEdit

Notable releasesEdit

GamesEdit

Arcade
  • 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.
Computer
Console

HardwareEdit

Computer
  • June, Texas Instruments releases the TI-99/4. It is the first home computer with a 16-bit processor and, with TI's TMS9918 video chip, one of the first with hardware sprites.
  • September, NEC releases the PC-8001, the first in the PC-8000 series of home computers.
  • November, Atari, Inc. releases the first two models in the Atari 8-bit family: the Atari 400 and Atari 800 home computers. They feature custom graphics and sound coprocessors which support sprites, four-channel audio, and programmable display modes.
Console
Handheld

ReferencesEdit

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