Video Games in the 1980s

1980s Video Games

Video games evolved immensely from 1980 to 1989. At the beginning of the decade, we still had to go to the arcade for the better graphics, but by the end of the decade most of the games could be played just as easily at home.

First the Atari system dominated the video game scene, then Nintendo burst through with their original NES console that seemingly everyone bought.

I still remember sitting in 5th grade, watching the clock, waiting for what felt like hours to get home and fire that baby up. Nuje Tyson’s Punch Out was my favorite game of all of them.

And of course I had a Nintendo Power subscription. Didn’t everyone?

Sega made their name as a great game developer and also released their own consoles. But they didn’t really take hold in a big way until the early 1990s.

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Atari bowed out of the console race and focused all of their energies on game development.

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Last modified: Aug 28, 2015 | Written by Paul Phipps