ⓘ 1977 in video gaming

1977 in video gaming

ⓘ 1977 in video gaming

  • Agnes Kim opens the first Electronics Boutique, a kiosk at the King of Prussia mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania selling transistor radios and calculators.
  • Nakamura Manufacturing Ltd. formally changes its name to Namco which it has employed as a brand name since 1971, and establishes Namco Enterprises Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong, its first subsidiary based outside Japan.
  • Atari opens the first Pizza Time Theater later Chuck E. Cheeses, a combination video arcade/pizzeria conceived by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. In June, Bushnell purchases the rights to Pizza Time Theater back from Atari for $500.000 USD.

1.1. Notable releases Video game consoles

  • In January, RCA Corporation releases the Studio II video game console.
  • Philico releases the Telejogo dedicated home video game console, featuring three pre-installed games.
  • Bally releases the Bally Home Library Computer Astrocade home video game console through mail order retailer JS&A National Sales Group. Delays in production of the system, however, mean that none of the units will actually ship until the following year.
  • Groupe SEB releases the Telescore 750 dedicated home video game console.
  • Coleco releases a number of new models of the Telstar series: the Telstar Alpha, the Telstar Colormatic, the Telstar Regent, the Telstar Ranger, the Telstar Galaxy, and the Telstar Combat. Most of these systems feature only minor variations on the original Telstar model, such as new controller types.
  • In September, Atari releases the Atari Video Computer System later known as the VCS or Atari 2600 video game console alongside nine launch titles in the USA.
  • Nintendo releases the Color TV Game 6 dedicated home video game console, featuring six variations of Light Tennis a Pong clone. Nintendos partner, Mitsubishi, produces most of the systems hardware components.

1.2. Notable releases Home computers

  • Intelligent Systems releases the Compucolor II.
  • October, Commodore releases the Commodore PET.
  • August 3, Tandy releases the TRS-80 Model I.
  • June 10, Apple Computer releases the Apple II.

1.3. Notable releases Games

  • Cinematronics releases Larry Rosenthals Space Wars, the first vector graphics arcade game.
  • Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling, the future founders of Infocom, develop the first version of Zork on a PDP-10 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Computer Science.
  • While studying for a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, Kelton Flinn begins developing a text-based aerial combat game called Air, an early precursor to 1987s Air Warrior, the first massively multiplayer online game.
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