What games were released on the year you're born?

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What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by thl » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:14 am

Having to discovered the video game crash that occured in 1983, I thought I might like to see what games were released on that year:

Arcade
Spy Hunter
Dragon's Lair
Star Wars
Gyruss
Mappy
Jr. Pac-Man
Pac & Pal
Phozon
Libble Rabble
Pole Position II


PC and consoles
World Series Baseball (Intellivision)
Ultima III: Exodus (Apple II, Atari 800, Commodore 64, and IBM PC)
M.U.L.E. (Commodore 64)
Pinball Construction Set (Apple II, Atari 800, and IBM PC)
Manic Miner (ZX Spectrum)
Jetpac (ZX Spectrum)
Atic Atac (ZX Spectrum)

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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by the_hawk » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:31 am

1976 - The Fairchild Channel F the first programmable ROM cartridge-based video game console was released.

Also "The Amazing Maze Game" was wowing them down the arcades....

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And of course, the mighty mighty BREAKOUT!

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And more controversially Death Race was released, very much the Grand Theft Auto of it's day I believe!
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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by Graedient » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:34 am

1978

Space Invaders arcade in Japan.

SNK was formed in that year as well.
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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by Jay » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:41 am

1972. Hmm. Knock down ginger?

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Post by resident paul » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:03 am

1968? I don't know anything that far back with exception of Pinball Machines?
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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by necronom » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:09 am

From Wiki:

1971

On 22 March, Ralph Baer files with the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding a patent for "television gaming and training apparatus."[5]
In June, Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck form Computer Recreations, Inc.[6]
Magnavox signs a license agreement with Sanders Associates regarding the Odyssey video game console.[7]
Nakamura Manufacturing Ltd. adopts "Namco" as a brand name.[8]

Notable releases
In September, Computer Recreations, Inc. installs Galaxy Game, a version of Spacewar! for PDP-11 hardware and the first coin-operated video arcade game, in Tresidder Union at Stanford University.[6]
In November, Nutting Associates releases 1,500 cabinets of Nolan Bushnell's Computer Space — another free-standing implementation of Spacewar!, and the first commercially released video game in the arcades.[7]
Don Rawitsch, Paul Dillenberger and Bill Heinemann, students at Carleton College develop The Oregon Trail for a mainframe with teletype terminals.[9]
Don Daglow programs the first computer baseball game on a PDP-10 mainframe computer at Pomona College.[10]
Mike Mayfield develops Star Trek on a Scientific Data Systems Sigma 7 minicomputer.[11]
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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by SirClive » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:11 am

1972, November 29 – Atari kicks off the first generation of video games with the release of their seminal arcade version of Pong, the first game to achieve commercial success.
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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by Kilb » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:17 am

You got to be kidding right.

Snap, Poker
Doctors and Nurses the Waterloo edition
kiss chase around Stonehenge
Grifters and Choppers hadn't even been invented, we rode around on Boneshakers :shock:
All this around me was just fields when I were nipper(and so on)

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Post by stvd » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:22 am

Same as necronom (above).
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Post by rocky1980 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:54 am

Zork 1

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Post by SexyWayne » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:01 am

'74 the Maganvox Oddysey

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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by RetroKingSimon » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:26 am

Probably none :|

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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by SpiffierRabbit » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:40 am

Some cracking games in the year of my birth, 1980.

Pac-Man
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Space Panic

Akalabeth: World of Doom
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Defender
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Battlezone
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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by harlequ1n » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:26 am

Great topic! Haven't realised how many great games were released on my year of birth (1984). Incidentally the first video game I recall ever playing was Alley Cat :)

Notable releases
  • Alley Cat is released for IBM PC compatibles.
  • King's Quest (Sierra, IBM PC), the first animated adventure game, the first in the King's Quest series, and the first to use the AGI engine.
  • Namco releases Gaplus, Tower of Druaga, Pac-Land, Grobda, which is a Xevious spin-off, Super Xevious and Dragon Buster, which is the first game to use a life bar.
  • Nintendo releases Balloon Fight.
  • The Ancient Art of War by Dave Murray and Barry Murray, the first major real-time strategy game, is released by Brøderbund.
  • Paperboy by David Ralston (Atari, arcade game), later ported to many platforms, featured innovative bike handle steering controller.
  • Elite by David Braben and Ian Bell is published by Acornsoft, an early and very influential wireframe 3d space trading game offering full six degrees of freedom and a then unique open ended design.
  • Gauntlet by Donald R. Lebeau is released for the Atari 8-bit computers.
  • Knight Lore by Ultimate Play The Game is released for the ZX Spectrum (and later ported to the BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC, MSX and Famicom Disk System). Knight Lore is the third title in the Sabreman series but the first to use the innovative isometric Filmation engine.
  • The Lords of Midnight, a groundbreaking strategy adventure game by Mike Singleton is released.
  • Capcom releases 1942
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Re: What games were released on the year you're born?

Post by slacey1070 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:30 am

Great thread...

For me Stone Henge - which was actually the very first console. Games came on stone tablets.

Control was via a druid.

Sadly, EA refused to develop FIFA for it, so it never took off.

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