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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1980

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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Release Date Quick List

January

Space Invaders (Atari) EBG

 

February

 

March

Adventure (Atari) EBG

 

April

 

May

 

June

3-D Tic-Tac-Toe (Atari) EBG

Circus Atari (Atari) EBG

Golf (Atari) EBG

 

July

Boxing (Activision) BG

Checkers (Activision) BG

Dragster (Activision) BG

Fishing Derby (Activision) BG

 

August

Night Driver (Atari) EBG

 

September

Championship Soccer (Atari) EBG

Dodge ‘Em (Atari) EBG

Maze Craze (Atari) EBG

Video Checkers (Atari) EBG

 

October

 

November

 

December

Bridge (Activision) BG

Skiing (Activision) BG

Page last updated on: 2017y_09m_05d_0959t

 

Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1980 along with lists of top 100 music, movies, and TV shows to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 and the 1980s with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time.

 

If you were too young or not even born yet, play the songs in the order they are listed and watch short video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might start to feel what it was like back then in 1980. There were no smartphones or an Internet full of knowledge and entertainment at your fingertips. If you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library and try to find the information in a book. If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.

 

 

Link Colors

Links that jump to other places on this page are blue. Links that lead to other pages online are red.

 

 

Quick List and Index

For those who only want release dates and nothing else, there is a Release Date Quick List. This page also has an Index.

 

 

Not Set in Stone

Most of the release dates below are not set in stone. Games will be moved as better information is found, so be sure to check back once in a while.

 

 

Best Guess

Many games are marked as a best guess. Some guesses are worse than others. Below is a list of the types of guesses that can be on this page.

 

Best Guess (BG): At least one magazine or newsletter mentioned the month a game was released or supposed to be released.

 

Extreme Best Guess (EBG): A vague mention of the release month in a magazine or newsletter.

 

Super Extreme Best Guess (SEBG): The Video Game Update newsletter only had a review for the game (no release month mentioned), so it's a semi-educated wild guess. The review could have happened the same month the game was released or the review could have been published a month or more later.

 

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess (DSEBG): There might be an ad in a magazine to go on if we're lucky. It's a desperate semi-educated wild guess.

 

 

Copyright Date

Remember, the date on the box, cartridge, manual, and copyright screen can be different from the actual release date. For example, Atari 2600 Pac-Man was released in March/April of 1982, but the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date. It usually took around 6 months for a programmer to make an Atari VCS game back then and that's not counting the time it took to make the manuals, boxes, and cartridges.

 

 

YouTube

To help make your experience even more enjoyable, most items have a link next to them that will lead you to related search results at YouTube where you might find video game commercials, gameplay footage, music videos, and clips from TV shows or movies.

 

 

You Can Help

If you find a mistake, or have more information to add, such as month/year release dates for games, please contact me. Every little bit of credible information helps, no matter how insignificant you think it might be. Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

January 1980

January 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Flirtin’ with Disaster” by Molly Hatchet  (Jan 5)   YouTube

“On The Radio” by Donna Summer  (Jan 12)   YouTube

“Let Me Go, Love” by Nicolette Larson & Michael McDonald  (Jan 12)   YouTube   65%

“Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd  (Jan 19)   YouTube

“Too Hot” by Kool & The Gang  (Jan 19)   YouTube

“Him” by Rupert Holmes  (Jan 19)   YouTube

“I Wish I Was 18 Again” by George Burns  (Jan 19)   YouTube

“Special Lady” by Ray, Goodman & Brown  (Jan 26)   YouTube

“Refugee” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers  (Jan 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1980

 

New at the Movies

Just Tell Me What You Want  (Jan 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

January 1980

 

New on TV

B.A.D. Cats  ABC  (Jan 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Skag  NBC  (Jan 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

3-2-1 Contact  PBS  (Jan 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Goodtime Girls  ABC  (Jan 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Galactica 1980  ABC  (Jan 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

February 1980

February 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“How Do I Make You” by Linda Ronstadt  (Feb 2)   YouTube

“Lost In Love” by Air Supply  (Feb 9)   YouTube

“And The Beat Goes On” by The Whispers  (Feb 9)   YouTube

“Baby Talks Dirty” by The Knack  (Feb 9)   YouTube

“Call Me” by Blondie  (Feb 16)   YouTube   70%

“Ride Like The Wind” by Christopher Cross  (Feb 16)   YouTube   65%

“Sexy Eyes” by Dr. Hook  (Feb 16)   YouTube

“Cars” by Gary Numan  (Feb 16)   YouTube   95%

“Off The Wall” by Michael Jackson  (Feb 16)   YouTube   95%

“Brass In Pocket” by The Pretenders  (Feb 16)   YouTube

“What I Like About You” by The Romantics  (Feb 16)   YouTube   68%

“Voice Of Freedom” by Jim Kirk and the TM Singers  (Feb 16)   YouTube

“I Can’t Tell You Why” by The Eagles  (Feb 23)   YouTube   65%

“Pilot Of The Airwaves” by Charlie Dore  (Feb 23)   YouTube

“Set Me Free” by Utopia  (Feb 23)   YouTube

“Keep The Fire” by Kenny Loggins  (Feb 23)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1980

 

New at the Movies

American Gigolo  (Feb 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fatso  (Feb 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

2001: A Space Odyssey  (Feb 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   [re-release]

The Fog  (Feb 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Midnight Madness  (Feb 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Last Married Couple in America  (Feb 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Saturn 3  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Caligula  (Feb 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Don’t Answer the Phone!  (Feb 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Foxes  (Feb 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Ninth Configuration  (Feb 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

February 1980

 

New on TV

Mystery!  PBS  (Feb 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

March 1980

March 1980

 

Adventure (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on a post at AtariAge and the info at A History of … Games. In a Halcyon Days interview, Warren Robinett said that he finished programming Adventure in June of 1979.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

March 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Any Way You Want It” by Journey  (Mar 1)   YouTube   75%

“Outside My Window” by Stevie Wonder  (Mar 1)   YouTube   60%

“Think About Me” by Fleetwood Mac  (Mar 8)   YouTube   65%

“Do Right” by Paul Davis  (Mar 8)   YouTube

“You May Be Right” by Billy Joel  (Mar 15)   YouTube

“Stomp!” by Brothers Johnson  (Mar 15)   YouTube

“Let Me Be The Clock” by Smokey Robinson  (Mar 15)   YouTube

“The Rose” by Bette Midler  (Mar 22)   YouTube

“Wondering Where The Lions Are” by Bruce Cockburn  (Mar 22)   YouTube   55%

“Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” by The Clash  (Mar 22)   YouTube

“Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll” by Vaughan Mason and Crew  (Mar 22)   YouTube

“Funky Town” by Lipps, Inc.  (Mar 29)   YouTube   95%

“Let’s Get Serious” by Jermaine Jackson  (Mar 29)   YouTube

“Breakdown Dead Ahead” by Boz Scaggs  (Mar 29)   YouTube

“Should’ve Never Let You Go” by Neil & Dara Sedaka  (Mar 29)   YouTube

“Gee Whiz” by Bernadette Peters  (Mar 29)   YouTube

“After You” by Dionne Warwick  (Mar 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1980

 

New at the Movies

The Black Marble  (Mar 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Coal Miner’s Daughter  (Mar 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Defiance  (Mar 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Forbidden Zone  (Mar 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Little Darlings  (Mar 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Little Miss Marker  (Mar 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Changeling  (Mar 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Serial  (Mar 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Tom Horn  (Mar 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

When Time Ran Out...  (Mar 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1980

 

New on TV

Pink Lady [And Jeff]  NBC  (Mar 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

That’s Incredible!  ABC  (Mar 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Big Show  NBC  (Mar 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Beyond Westworld  CBS  (Mar 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

United States  NBC  (Mar 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Here’s Boomer  NBC  (Mar 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   epguides   Schedule

When the Whistle Blows  ABC  (Mar 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Sanford  NBC  (Mar 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Palmerstown, U.S.A.  CBS  (Mar 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Me and Maxx  NBC  (Mar 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Tim Conway Show  CBS  (Mar 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Flo  March 22  (Mar 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Stockard Channing Show  March 22  (Mar 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

April 1980

April 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Biggest Part Of Me” by Ambrosia  (Apr 5)   YouTube   70%

“We Live For Love” by Pat Benatar  (Apr 5)   YouTube

“Steal Away” by Robbie Dupree  (Apr 12)   YouTube   95%

“Hurt So Bad” by Linda Ronstadt  (Apr 12)   YouTube

“I Don’t Want To Walk Without You” by Barry Manilow  (Apr 12)   YouTube   60%

“Love Stinks” by J. Geils Band  (Apr 12)   YouTube   55%

“She’s Out Of My Life” by Michael Jackson  (Apr 19)   YouTube   65%

“Two Places At The Same Time” by Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio  (Apr 19)   YouTube

“Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” by Manhattan Transfer  (Apr 19)   YouTube   95%

“Rock Lobster” by The B-52’s  (Apr 19)   YouTube   55%

“Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)” by Paul McCartney  (Apr 26)   YouTube   75%

“Shining Star” by The Manhattans  (Apr 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1980

 

New at the Movies

The Baltimore Bullet  (Apr 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Private Eyes  (Apr 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Where the Buffalo Roam  (Apr 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

April 1980

 

New on TV

The Contender [miniseries]  CBS  (Apr 3)   YouTube   IMDb

Fridays  ABC  (Apr 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

May 1980

May 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Little Jeannie” by Elton John  (May 3)   YouTube

“Against The Wind” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band  (May 3)   YouTube

“New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra  (May 3)   YouTube

“Answering Machine” by Rupert Holmes  (May 3)   YouTube   60%

“Tired Of Toein’ The Line” by Rocky Burnette  (May 10)   YouTube   70%

“Let Me Love You Tonight” by Pure Prairie League  (May 10)   YouTube

“Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time (Medley)” by Spinners  (May 17)   YouTube

“One Fine Day” by Carole King  (May 17)   YouTube

“All Night Long” by Joe Walsh  (May 17)   YouTube

“I Only Want To Be With You” by The Tourists  (May 17)   YouTube

“Magic” by Olivia Newton-John  (May 24)   YouTube   85%

“It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me” by Billy Joel  (May 24)   YouTube   70%

“Misunderstanding” by Genesis  (May 24)   YouTube   75%

“I’m Alive” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (May 24)   YouTube   70%

“Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by The S.O.S. Band  (May 31)   YouTube   65%

“More Love” by Kim Carnes  (May 31)   YouTube

“In America” by Charlie Daniels Band  (May 31)   YouTube

“Gimme Some Lovin’” by The Blue Brothers  (May 31)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1980

 

New at the Movies

Friday the 13th  (May 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Nude Bomb  (May 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fame  (May 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Long Riders  (May 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back  (May 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   [limited release]

Carny  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Gong Show Movie  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Shining  (May 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!)  (May 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Hollywood Knights  (May 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

May 1980

 

New on TV

America’s Top 10  Syndication  (May 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

June 1980

June 1980

 

Golf (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on a post at AtariAge, the info at A History of … Games and a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

June 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Sailing” by Christopher Cross  (Jun 14)   YouTube   85%

“All Out Of Love” by Air Supply  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Fame” by Irene Cara  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Let My Love Open The Door” by Pete Townshend  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Into The Night” by Benny Mardones  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Take A Little Rhythm” by Ali Thomson  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Jojo” by Boz Scaggs  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Empire Strikes Back (Medley)” by Meco  (Jun 14)   YouTube

“Drivin’ My Life Away” by Eddie Rabbitt  (Jun 21)   YouTube   80%

“Love The World Away” by Kenny Rogers  (Jun 21)   YouTube

“Old Fashion Love” by The Commodores  (Jun 21)   YouTube

“Make A Little Magic” by The Dirt Band  (Jun 21)   YouTube

“Shandi” by KISS  (Jun 21)   YouTube

“One In A Million You” by Larry Graham  (Jun 28)   YouTube

“Why Not Me” by Fred Knoblock  (Jun 28)   YouTube   60%

“I Can’t Let Go” by Linda Ronstadt  (Jun 28)   YouTube

“Play The Game” by Queen  (Jun 28)   YouTube

“Who Shot J.R.?” by Gary Burbank with Band McNally  (Jun 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1980

 

New at the Movies

The Mountain Men  (Jun 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Galaxina  (Jun 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Urban Cowboy  (Jun 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bronco Billy  (Jun 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Island  (Jun 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Roadie  (Jun 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Wholly Moses!  (Jun 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Blues Brothers  (Jun 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Brubaker  (Jun 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Can’t Stop the Music  (Jun 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back  (Jun 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Herbie Goes Bananas  (Jun 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark  (Jun 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

June 1980

 

New on TV

Nobody’s Perfect  ABC  (Jun 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

July 1980

July 1980

 

Fishing Derby (Activision)

Best Guess using info from Leisure Time Electronics and the Klove list.

Trivia:

Fishing Derby started out as a video aquarium and Bob Whitehead helped make the shark according to the book Video Invaders (82 p53).

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Leisure Time Electronics

Reviews:

Electronic Games (Winter 81 p42)

Creative Computing Magazine (Sep 81 p240)

July 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Emotional Rescue” by Rolling Stones  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“Give Me The Night” by George Benson  (Jul 5)   YouTube   75%

“Boulevard” by Jackson Browne  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“Cocaine” by Eric Clapton  (Jul 5)   YouTube

“Upside Down” by Diana Ross  (Jul 12)   YouTube

“Lookin’ For Love” by Johnny Lee  (Jul 12)   YouTube

“I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins  (Jul 12)   YouTube   95%

“You’re The Only Woman” by Ambrosia  (Jul 12)   YouTube

“You’re Supposed To Keep Your Love For Me” by Jermaine Jackson  (Jul 12)   YouTube

“Hot Rod Hearts” by Robbie Dupree  (Jul 19)   YouTube

“Hey There Lonely Girl” by Robert John  (Jul 19)   YouTube

“He’s So Shy” by Pointer Sisters  (Jul 26)   YouTube

“First Time Love” by Livingston Taylor  (Jul 26)   YouTube

“You Better Run” by Pat Benatar  (Jul 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1980

 

New at the Movies

Alligator  (Jul 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Blue Lagoon  (2 July)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

How to Beat the High Co$t of Living  (Jul 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Oh Heavenly Dog  (Jul 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Used Cars  (Jul 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Big Red One  (Jul 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie  (Jul 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Honeysuckle Rose  (Jul 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Caddyshack  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Dressed to Kill  (Jul 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Airplane!  (Aug 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

August 1980

August 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Jesse” by Carly Simon  (Aug 2)   YouTube

“All Over The World” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (Aug 2)   YouTube   80%

“Don’t Ask Me Why” by Billy Joel  (Aug 2)   YouTube

“Late In The Evening” by Paul Simon  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Never Knew Love Like This Before ” by Stephanie Mills  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Xanadu” by Olivia Newton-John & ELO  (Aug 9)   YouTube   85%

“How Do I Survive” by Amy Holland  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Red Light” by Linda Clifford  (Aug 9)   YouTube

“Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen  (Aug 16)   YouTube   75%

“Out Here On My Own” by Irene Cara  (Aug 16)   YouTube

“The Legend Of Wooley Swamp” by Charlie Daniels Band  (Aug 16)   YouTube

“Games Without Frontiers” by Peter Gabriel  (Aug 16)   YouTube

“Look What You’ve Done To Me” by Boz Scaggs  (Aug 23)   YouTube

“I Got You” by Split Enz  (Aug 23)   YouTube   55%

“Thunder And Lightning” by Chicago  (Aug 23)   YouTube   70%

“Whip It” by Devo  (Aug 30)   YouTube   70%

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1980

 

New at the Movies

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (special edition)  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Final Countdown  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Hunter  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Raise the Titanic  (Aug 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu  (Aug 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Xanadu  (Aug 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Octagon  (Aug 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Smokey and the Bandit II  (Aug 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

August 1980

 

New on TV

Texas  NBC  (Aug 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Games People Play  NBC  (Aug 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

September 1980

September 1980

 

Championship Soccer (Atari)   [a.k.a. Pelé’s Soccer]

Extreme Best Guess based on Leisure Time Electronics, the info at A History of … Games and a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Trivia:

Championship Soccer by Steve Wright was renamed to Pelé’s Soccer with no change to the game.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Leisure Time Electronics

Article:

Steve’s Atari Days

September 1980

 

Dodge ‘Em (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on Leisure Time Electronics and the info at A History of … Games. An article at gamasutra claims that the game was released in 1981.

Trivia:

Programmer Carla Meninsky also made Warlords and Star Raiders.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Leisure Time Electronics

Article:

Fleeing Through the Lethal Labyrinths - Electronic Games 1983 Software Encyclopedia (83 p98)

September 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Woman In Love” by Barbra Streisand  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross  (Sep 6)   YouTube   65%

“Real Love” by Doobie Brothers  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murray  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“Touch And Go” by The Cars  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“Turn It On Again” by Genesis  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“The Breaks” by Kurtis Blow  (Sep 6)   YouTube

“Dreamin’” by Cliff Richard  (Sep 13)   YouTube

“Theme From ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’ (Good Ol’ Boys)” by Waylon Jennings  (Sep 13)   YouTube

“If You Should Sail” by Nielsen/Pearson  (Sep 13)   YouTube

“The Wanderer” by Donna Summer  (Sep 20)   YouTube   60%

“Master Blaster (Jammin’)” by Stevie Wonder  (Sep 20)   YouTube   80%

“Dreamer” by Supertramp  (Sep 20)   YouTube   75%

“That Girl Could Sing” by Jackson Browne  (Sep 20)   YouTube

“Let Me Talk” by Earth, Wind & Fire  (Sep 20)   YouTube

“More Than I Can Say” by Leo Sayer  (Sep 27)   YouTube   55%

“Lovely One” by The Jacksons  (Sep 27)   YouTube   75%

“I Believe In You” by Don Williams  (Sep 27)   YouTube   55%

“She’s So Cold” by Rolling Stones  (Sep 27)   YouTube

“This Time” by John Cougar  (Sep 27)   YouTube

“I’m Happy That Love Has Found You” by Jimmy Hall  (Sep 27)   YouTube

“Turning Japanese” by The Vapors  (Sep 27)   YouTube   60%

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1980

 

New at the Movies

Phobia  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Melvin and Howard  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Exterminator  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

In God We Tru$t  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

My Bodyguard  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Resurrection  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Stardust Memories  (Sep 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

He Knows You’re Alone  (Aug 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1980

 

New on TV

The Lone Ranger  ABC  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Solid Gold  Syndication  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Cosmos  PBS  (Sep 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1980

 

History

     

    Text below from Leisure Time Electronics (Fall 1980)

     

     

    Atari Adds Four Games

    Atari adds four home video games to its current list of 36 titles.

     

    The company also announces plans to sponsor the first Space Invaders/Breakout National Championships. The contest will begin in the fall with five regional championships and end with a national finals in San Francisco.

     

    One of the new home video games is Championship Soccer, which features a “scrolling” playing field. This feature gives viewers the impression that they are “hovering above the playing area, following the ball and the teams as they travel up and down the field.”

     

    Maze Craze is a new multifaceted game that challenges two players to race through a maze, each chasing or avoiding “computer foes” which are also traveling through the maze. The game can increase in complexity in any of 256 ways.

     

    Atari Video Checkers provides the player with nine levels of computer opposition, each one rising in game-skills.

     

    In Dodge ‘Em, a new drivers' game, the player/driver tries to avoid colliding with an oncoming computer car while gaining points for completing laps. However, with each successful lap the game gets harder.

     

    A new dealer support plan from Atari includes the firm’s largest advertising campaign, National and local advertising, promotions, cooperative ads. display materials and an expanded public relations program are part of the campaign.

     

    The ad campaign was slated to begin in early September with advertisements on primetime and major sports-event shows. Three different ads are involved, two for the VCS unit itself and one for the game cartridges.

     

    Television advertising will be complemented by print ads in top consumer magazines.

     

    Atari has also scheduled two special promotions for the third and fourth quarters. The Keyboard Savings promotion, which kicked off July 1 and will continue until September 30, gives a free set of keyboard controllers to consumers who buy A Game of Concentration and Codebreaker.

     

    From November 15 to January 15, 1981, Atari will offer $5 rebate coupons on any two of 20 selected game cartridges. This promotion will be supplemented by direct-mailings to all registered VCS owners.

     

    Posters for both the promotions are offered to dealers for display in their stores with Atari VCS cartridge catalogs.

     

    The firm is also providing ready-made ad slicks, suggested radio announcements and suggested layouts for the dealer’s own ads. In addition, a five percent co-op allowance will be available to dealers.

     

    The new public relations program will be geared to draw attention and major news coverage to Atari's major role in electronic games. A highlight of the program will be the Space Invaders/Breakout National Championships.

     

     

     

    Activision Reports Sales Double Company Expectations

    Activision, Independent designer and marketer of video game cartridges says orders booked during the first 100 days since its new game cartridges were released are more than double the company's original projections. The recently formed firm also reports that its planned 1980 production was “virtually sold out” during the recent Consumer Electronics Show which was held in Chicago.

     

    Activision president Jim Levy notes that “programmable video game sales continue to grow at an annual 40 to 50 percent rate despite current economic unrest. In contrast to the uncertainty of sales of many other products, video game dealers find continued strength in game cartridge sales.”

     

    The company demonstrated its first four games, designed for use with the Atari Video Computer System, at the summer CES. Shipments of Boxing, Fishing Derby, Checkers and Dragster commenced in July. The company also gave a sneak preview of two new titles scheduled to be released in DecemberSkiing and Bridge.

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October 1980

October 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Lady” by Kenny Rogers  (Oct 4)   YouTube

“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar  (Oct 4)   YouTube   75%

“Never Be The Same” by Christopher Cross  (Oct 11)   YouTube

“Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometimes” by The Korgis  (Oct 11)   YouTube

“Sometimes A Fantasy” by Billy Joel  (Oct 11)   YouTube

“I Love Women” by Jim Hurt  (Oct 11)   YouTube

“Brite Eyes” by Robbin Thompson Band  (Oct 18)   YouTube

“Private Idaho” by The B-52’s  (Oct 18)   YouTube

“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang  (Oct 25)   YouTube   65%

“Every Woman In The World” by Air Supply  (Oct 25)   YouTube

“It’s My Turn” by Diana Ross  (Oct 25)   YouTube

“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” by The Police  (Oct 25)   YouTube   65%

“Suddenly” by Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard  (Oct 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1980

 

New at the Movies

Coast to Coast  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The First Deadly Sin  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Oh, God! Book II  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

One-Trick Pony  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Somewhere in Time  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Terror Train  (Oct 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Song of the South (re-release)  (Oct 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Elephant Man  (Oct 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Private Benjamin  (Oct 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fade to Black  (Oct 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Motel Hell  (Oct 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1980

 

New on TV

Heathcliff  ABC  (Oct 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Thundarr the Barbarian  ABC  (Oct 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blockbusters  NBC  (Oct 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Las Vegas Gambit  NBC  (Oct 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ladies’ Man  CBS  (Oct 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

It’s a Living  ABC  (Oct 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

I'm a Big Girl Now  ABC  (Oct 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

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November 1980

November 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Love On The Rocks” by Neil Diamond  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“Guilty” by Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb  (Nov 1)   YouTube

“(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon  (Nov 1)   YouTube   65%

“I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt  (Nov 8)   YouTube   65%

“Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen  (Nov 8)   YouTube

“Stop This Game” by Cheap Trick  (Nov 8)   YouTube

“Could I Be Dreaming” by Pointer Sisters  (Nov 8)   YouTube

“The Tide Is High” by Blondie  (Nov 15)   YouTube   65%

“Remote Control” by The Reddings  (Nov 15)   YouTube

“Passion” by Rod Stewart  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“I Made It Through The Rain” by Barry Manilow  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“Time Is Time” by Andy Gibb  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“One Step Closer” by Doobie Brothers  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“Killin’ Time” by Fred Knoblock & Susan Anton  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“He Can’t Love You” by Michael Stanley Band  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“I Need Your Lovin’” by Teena Marie  (Nov 22)   YouTube

“9 To 5” by Dolly Parton  (Nov 29)   YouTube   60%

“Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon  (Nov 29)   YouTube

“Hey Nineteen” by Steely Dan  (Nov 29)   YouTube   70%

“Miss Sun” by Boz Scaggs  (Nov 29)   YouTube   80%

“Smokey Mountain Rain” by Ronnie Milsap  (Nov 29)   YouTube

“Cold Love” by Donna Summer  (Nov 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1980

 

New at the Movies

The Boogeyman  (Nov 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Idolmaker  (Nov 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Apple  (Nov 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1980

 

New on TV

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo  ABC  (Nov 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Too Close for Comfort  ABC  (Nov 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Enos  CBS  (Nov 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters  NBC  (Nov 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Bosom Buddies  ABC  (Nov 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Breaking Away  ABC  (Nov 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

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December 1980

December 1980

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Giving It Up For Your Love” by Delbert McClinton  (Dec 6)   YouTube

“Games People Play” by Alan Parsons Project  (Dec 6)   YouTube

“Heartbreak Hotel” by The Jacksons  (Dec 6)   YouTube   95%

“Fashion” by David Bowie  (Dec 6)   YouTube

“Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg  (Dec 13)   YouTube

“I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It” by Stevie Wonder  (Dec 13)   YouTube

“A Little In Love” by Cliff Richard  (Dec 13)   YouTube

“Ah! Leah!” by Donnie Iris  (Dec 13)   YouTube   60%

“Breakfast In America” by Supertramp  (Dec 13)   YouTube   80%

“What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?)” by Star Wars Intergalactic Droid Choir and Chorale  (Dec 13)   YouTube

“Seven Bridges Road” by The Eagles  (Dec 20)   YouTube

“Back In Black” by AC/DC  (Dec 20)   YouTube   55%

“Who’s Making Love” by The Blues Brothers  (Dec 20)   YouTube

“(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” by The Outlaws  (Dec 27)   YouTube

“United Together” by Aretha Franklin  (Dec 27)   YouTube

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1980

 

New at the Movies

A Change of Seasons  (Dec 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Competition  (Dec 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Flash Gordon  (Dec 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Popeye  (Dec 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Stir Crazy  (Dec 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Any Which Way You Can  (Dec 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Formula  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Jazz Singer  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nine to Five  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Raging Bull  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Seems Like Old Times  (Dec 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Altered States  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

First Family  (Dec 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

December 1980

 

New on TV

Freebie and the Bean  CBS  (Dec 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Secrets of Midland Heights  CBS  (Dec 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Number 96  CBS  (Dec 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Magnum, P.I.  CBS  (Dec 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

 

CBS Commercial Breaks - December 3, 1980 (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)   YouTube

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

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Atari 2600 Game History: 1977

Atari 2600 Game History: 1978

Atari 2600 Game History: 1979

Atari 2600 Game History: 1980

Atari 2600 Game History: 1981

Atari 2600 Game History: 1982

Atari 2600 Game History: 1983

Atari 2600 Game History: 1984

Atari 2600 Game History: 1985

Atari 2600 Game History: 1986

Atari 2600 Game List (NTSC)

 

 

 

 

Information Compiled From the Following Sources

Internet Archive

Digital Press Library

Atari Compendium Archives

The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers

I. C. When

Atari History Museum (Atari Historical Society)

AtariAge

Hot 100 Singles Chronology

Rock on the Net: The Ark Weekly Top 40 Archives

Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: Wide-release Movies

Wikipedia: List of Years in Television

Special thanks to Gideon Marcus, www.galacticjourney.org (55 years ago in Science Fact and Fiction), for the use of his release date chart from the early days of the Atari VCS.

 

 

 

Index

Related Links

Atari Owners Club Bulletin / VCS Owners Club Bulletin

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