1982 was a year of both growth and turmoil for the video game industry. Here are some key events that took place:
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: The video game adaptation of the popular movie “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” was released by Atari in 1982. The game was a commercial failure and is often cited as one of the causes of the video game crash.
Commodore 64: The Commodore 64 home computer was released in 1982 and quickly became a popular platform for video games. Its superior graphics and sound capabilities helped to push video game technology forward.
Tron: Disney’s “Tron” movie was released in 1982 and inspired several video game adaptations, including “Tron: Deadly Discs” and “Tron: Maze-A-Tron.”
QBert: “QBert” was released in 1982 and quickly became one of the most popular arcade games of the year. Its unique isometric graphics and challenging gameplay made it a hit with players.
The video game crash: The video game crash continued to impact the industry in 1982, with several video game companies going bankrupt and the market becoming oversaturated with low-quality games.
The rise of Japanese gaming: Japanese game developers continued to make an impact on the video game industry in 1982, with games like “Pole Position” and “Donkey Kong Jr.” becoming popular in arcades and on home consoles.
Overall, 1982 was a year of ups and downs for the video game industry, with new technologies and popular games helping to drive growth, but also with the ongoing challenges of the video game crash.
Video Games Released in 1982:
Here is our enormous collection of video games released in 1982 and detailed information on each. As always, new games are added to this collection regularly.
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