1980 in video gamingLast updated
- May 22, Namco releases Pac-Man (originally Puckman in Japan). It becomes the highest-grossing game of all time.  It has the first gaming mascot character, established the maze chase genre, opened gaming to female audiences,  introduced power-ups,  and featured cutscenes. 
- May, Stratovox from Sun Electronics is the first game with voice synthesis.
- July, Atari, Inc. releases the cold war inspired Missile Command .
- October, Nichibutsu releases the vertically-scrolling Crazy Climber , the first video game with a climbing mechanic and an objective of climbing to the top of the level.
- November 12, Stern Electronics releases Berzerk , with designer Alan McNeil's signature on the monitor glass of each cabinet.
- November, Namco releases Rally-X , the first game with a bonus round. It also features multi-directional scrolling.
- November, Universal releases Space Panic , the first game with platforms and ladders. The term platform game was still several years in the future.
- Atari, Inc. releases first-person, 3D tank shooter Battlezone .
- Cinematronics releases Star Castle . In 1982 the Atari 2600 port ends up as Yars' Revenge .
- Midway's Wizard of Wor is released, allowing two players to fight simultaneously in monster-filled mazes.
- The multi-stage Phoenix sports one of the first video game bosses, in the form of a purple alien in a mothership.
- ↑ Video Game Myth Busters - Did the "Crash" of 1983/84 Affect Arcades?, The Golden Age Arcade Historian (December 27, 2013)
- ↑ Steve L. Kent (2001), The ultimate history of video games: from Pong to Pokémon and beyond: the story behind the craze that touched our lives and changed the world, Prima, p. 143, ISBN 0-7615-3643-4 , retrieved May 1, 2011,
Despite the success of his game, Iwatani never received much attention. Rumors emerged that the unknown creator of Pac-Man had left the industry when he received only a $3500 bonus for creating the highest-grossing video game of all time.
- ↑ The Essential 50 - Pac-Man, 1UP
- ↑ Playing With Power: Great Ideas That Have Changed Gaming Forever, 1UP
- ↑ Gaming's Most Important Evolutions Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine , GamesRadar+
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