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Video Gaming Timeline 1980s by Atariboy2600 Video Gaming Timeline 1980s by Atariboy2600
1980
Mattel Electronics releases the Intellivision home video game system. Price is US$300.
Midway Manufacturing introduces the Pac-Man arcade vide game. Within a year, 100,000 machines are sold for US$200 million in revenue, with the machines taking in US$1 billion in quarters.
1981
Nintendo releases the Donkey Kong arcade video game in the US.
Sales of home video game systems and cartridges in the US hits US$1 billion for the year.
1982
Coleco Industries introduces the Colecovision home video game system.
Atari introduces the Atari 5200 video game system. Price is US$269.
Atari releases E.T. the Extraterrestrial game cartridge for the Atari 2600 game system. 4 million cartridges are produced, 2 million are sold, 1 million are returned. The game is considered one of the worst video games ever made. Millions of cartridges are later buried in a land-fill site.
Warner Communications announces that fourth quarter earnings would be substantially below expectations, due to sluggish sales in its Atari video games division. The next day, Mattel also announces financial problems for the quarter. Overnight, stock of both companies lose one-third of their market value. This marks the beginning of the end of the video game craze, which will bottom out in 1985, before climbing back to 1982 levels in 1989.
1983
Cinematronics releases Dragon's Lair to arcade centers. It is the first laser-disc-based coin-operated arcade game. Cost per play is 50-cents. Advanced Microcomputer Systems designed the game, with animation provided by Don Bluth Animations.
Nintendo releases the Family Computer (Famicom) video game system in Japan. The system is a phenomenal success, with 500,000 units selling in the first two months. In 1985, Nintendo will release a similar system in the US called the Nintendo Entertainment System.
1985
Nintendo releases the Super Mario Bros. video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US. Total worldwide sales: 40.24 million, the best-selling game of all time.
Nintendo releases the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the US, slowly resurrecting the video game industry. The system comes with a two-button and "plus" pad controller, a Zapper light gun, and Robotic Operating Buddy mechanical robot that can interact with a few games. Total sales of the NES over the product's lifetime reach 36 million.
Sales of video game systems and cartridges in the US during the year: about US$100 million.
1986
Nintendo releases the Metroid video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US.
1987
Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US.
Square releases the first Final Fantasy video game for the Famicom system in Japan.
1988
Konami releases the first Metal Gear video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US.
Nintendo releases the Super Mario Bros. 2 game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US.
1989
Nintendo releases the hend-held Game Boy video game system in Japan. Games are played on a 2.5-inch monochrome screen.
Sega Enterprises introduces the Genesis home video game system in the US. It features 16-bit Motorola 68000 processor, 512-color output with 80 animated sprites. Price is US$189. Total North American sales in its lifetime: 14 million.
NEC Home Entertainment introduces the TurboGrafx-16 home video game system in the US. It features 16-bit graphics processor, 512 colors, 64 movable sprites, stereo sound. Price is US$199. Less than 1 million units are shipped in its lifetime.
Nintendo releases the Super Mario Land video game for the Game Boy in the US.
Atari introduces the first color hand-held video game system, the Lynx.
Sales of video game systems and cartridges in the US during the year: US$3.4 billion.


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:icongirlz2774brandon:
girlz2774brandon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Atari releases E.T. the Extraterrestrial game cartridge for the Atari 2600 game system. 4 million cartridges are produced, 2 million are sold, 1 million are returned. The game is considered one of the worst video games ever made. Millions of cartridges are later buried in a land-fill site. They were later discovered and unearthed (according to GameStop's Game Informer magazine). They were successfully recovered and purchased online. A documentary is scheduled to appear on XBOX Live in the near future.
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Cash83 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
hey, there are actually some consoles I've never heard of. Good list. There was also a U.K. computer called Dragon 64. It was kinda lack luster even by early 80's standards.
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:icondister01:
Dister01 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i see no laptop or NES, i want a refund
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:icongirlz2774brandon:
girlz2774brandon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
The NES is right in the middle between 1984 and 1986.
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:icondister01:
Dister01 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ignore what i just said
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:iconyuukirusdemon:
YuukiRusDemon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your missing dozens of consoles.
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:iconwuvvzy93:
wuvvzy93 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
the game gear should be in 1989, it was released in japan
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:iconpasshole:
passhole Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
most excellent
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:icontheneedlemouse90:
TheNeedlemouse90 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where is the Odyssey?!
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:iconchicoflaco:
chicoflaco Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
love em all
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:iconmikedaprez:
MikedaPrez Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student Artist
sega genesis is as old as me ^__^
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:iconveighlyn:
veighlyn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Artist
oops,

Atari Jaguar
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:iconveighlyn:
veighlyn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Artist
You're missing a few,... Magnavox Odyssey, the first video game system,.. , shame shame..
Panasonic 3DO, later, Goldstar 3DO,..
Neo Geo,..
Sega Saturn,..
Sega 32X,
May have missed a few, but, your timeline is also off, try the 70's, that's when video games were born.
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TheBeatlesPkmnFan42 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.o Now I know I'll never get all game systems... My dream is shattered. It's amazing these are only from a span of 10 years.
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BlockJuice Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
GWAAHH. Too big. Change preview size. Big mistake on my most popular deviation, so complaining due to experience.

Anywho, interesting thing to see.
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:iconcaxtor76:
caxtor76 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
awesome!!! i never saw all my old machines togheter
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:iconprodjws:
prodjws Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
good good Thank you :)


dizi izle
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BlackGlovePhoto Featured By Owner May 25, 2008   Photographer
I think I love you...
not really, but this could be one of the coolest things I have ever seen.
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:iconwoodstockismyhero:
Woodstockismyhero Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Okay....I feel really old now.
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:iconoogaa:
oogaa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
*bows to Sega Genesis*
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Big--Cee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Rock on for the old school!!
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JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
What? No Apple IIc?

I remember our old neighbors getting that as their computer, and being so jealous, coming over and playing that thing. AND an Atari VCS on top of that over there. And they'd log into the BBS at the university, too.

Dad didn't want to spring for Atari's Telelink, out of fear of our phone bill shooting up to a million bucks or so.

Later, back in 1989, though, we had to do some hunting around to get an NES. I remember saving my dollars in a shoebox in order to get it... and then at Christmas time, we couldn't find the silly thing; they were sold out. We finally broke down and got the deluxe one with a Power Pad (the one you stepped on, the precursor to the footpads to the DDR games), and enjoyed the heck out of it. Dad particularly liked Duck Hunt. Just point and shoot.

And with Blockbuster Video for renting, we'd always have our gaming jones slaked.

A little later, for Christmas in 1992, my youngest brother would finally get a Sega Genesis. Dad's complaint on ring-grabing Sonic the Hedgehog: It's just like Mario! :bleh:

Good times. :D
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:iconegfelixdcg:
egfelixdcg Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
The NES rules!
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Kid-Kobold Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
I remember a ton of those too. My cousin had the intellivision with the voice synthasizer, it was so cool! I remember buying a used Atari ST back in 1988 or so, a truely awesome machine in it's day. I had a 1200 BPS modem for that, I thought I was smokin' fast because my old modem for my Atari 8-bit was only 300 BPS and required me to put the reciever in little rubber cups.
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EchidnaJoe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Surprised you didn't mention Sears Super Video Arcade (the one I have) Wow! 1984's Apple Mac! The world's greatest commercial was for that at the superbowl. I'm sure you're familiar with it. OOOH! I request art! Draw Hammer Girl!
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, talk about a blast from the past! The 1989 Gameboy warms my heart. Haha, I hope the 90's timeline will include those crappy little Tiger handhelds, I had a lot of fun with those as a kid.

This is so cool, what a great timeline. The progression of gaming is incredible. The first real console I got was a ps1, but I remember when our family got our first computer, a ginormous Apple, in the early 90's, and all the games I played on it came on floppies :D
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jiachengwu Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i remember when having the nintendo family computer and gameboy was like the shit, those were the good days.
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pt018 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ah, my generation. I have regular NES, Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros. 2. Plus I have a Game boy as well. Ah, good times, good times.

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Long live the 80's
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:icondocwolph:
DocWolph Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
Had a Sinclair ZX81, an Atari 2600, a Coleco Adam, and a Turbografx-16 w/ stereo module.
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