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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1979

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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Release Date Quick List

January

 

February

Sky Diver (Atari) EBG

Football (Atari) EBG

 

March

 

April

 

May

 

June

Video Chess (Atari) EBG

Backgammon (Atari) EBG

BASIC Programming (Atari) EBG

 

July

 

August

Superman (Atari) EBG

 

September

 

October

Bowling (Atari) EBG

Canyon Bomber (Atari) EBG

Casino (Atari) EBG

Human Cannonball (Atari) EBG

Miniature Golf (Atari) EBG

Slot Machine (Atari) EBG

 

November

 

December

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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1979 along with lists of top 100 music, movies, and TV shows to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 years 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 1979. 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 If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.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 1979

January 1979

 

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

“Lady” by Little River Band  (Jan 6)   YouTube

“Stormy” by Santana  (Jan 6)   YouTube

“Sing For The Day” by Styx  (Jan 6)   YouTube

“Heaven Knows” by Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams  (Jan 13)   YouTube

“Superman” by Herbie Mann  (Jan 13)   YouTube

“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester  (Jan 13)   YouTube   55%

“I Go To Rio” by Pablo Cruise  (Jan 13)   YouTube   Wikipedia

“Take That To The Bank” by Shalamar  (Jan 13)   YouTube

“What A Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers  (Jan 20)   YouTube   95%

“Crazy Love” by Poco  (Jan 20)   YouTube   65%

“Every Which Way But Loose” by Eddie Rabbitt  (Jan 20)   YouTube

“Chase” by Giorgio Moroder  (Jan 20)   YouTube   55%

“Goodbye I Love You” by Firefall  (Jan 20)   YouTube

“You Stepped Into My Life” by Melba Moore  (Jan 20)   YouTube

“Knock On Wood” by Amii Stewart  (Jan 27)   YouTube   55%

“Music Box Dancer” by Frank Mills  (Jan 27)   YouTube

“Stumblin’ In” by Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman  (Jan 27)   YouTube

“I Just Fall In Love Again” by Anne Murray  (Jan 27)   YouTube

“Forever In Blue Jeans” by Neil Diamond  (Jan 27)   YouTube

“Theme From ‘Superman’ (Main Title)” by John Williams/London Symphony Orchestra  (Jan 27)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1979

 

New on TV

Article: Mid-Season 1979 (TV Obscurities)

All Star Secrets [game show]  NBC  (Jan 8)   YouTube   Wikipedia   Schedule

Password Plus [game show]  NBC  (Jan 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Delta House  ABC  (Jan 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Salvage 1  ABC  (Jan 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Brothers and Sisters  NBC  (Jan 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Super Bowl XIII [sports]  NBC  (Jan 21)   YouTube   Wikipedia

Nightly Business Report  PBS  (Jan 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Dukes of Hazzard  CBS  (Jan 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Hello, Larry  NBC  (Jan 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Sweepstakes [$weepstake$]  NBC  (Jan 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Schedule

Turnabout  NBC  (Jan 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

CBS News Sunday Morning  CBS  (Jan 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Backstairs at the White House [miniseries]  NBC  (Jan 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

February 1979

February 1979

 

Sky Diver (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in winter/spring of 1979, so it might need to be moved to March. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Trivia:

Programmer Jim Huether said in an interview that Sky Diver was the best selling 2600 game until Space Invaders came out.

Info:

YouTube

TV Commercial from December 2, 1979

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Article:

DP Interviews…Jim Huether

February 1979

 

Football (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in winter/spring of 1979, so it might need to be moved to March. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

TV Commercial from December 2, 1979

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

February 1979

 

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

“Bustin’ Loose (Part 1)” by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers  (Feb 3)   YouTube

“Dog And Butterfly” by Heart  (Feb 3)   YouTube

“Tragedy” by Bee Gees  (Feb 10)   YouTube

“Sultans Of Swing” by Dire Straits  (Feb 10)   YouTube

“He’s The Greatest Dancer” by Sister Sledge  (Feb 10)   YouTube

“Big Shot” by Billy Joel  (Feb 10)   YouTube   75%

“Precious Love” by Bob Welch  (Feb 10)   YouTube

“Just One Look” by Linda Ronstadt  (Feb 10)   YouTube

“I’ll Supply The Love” by Toto  (Feb 10)   YouTube

“Now That We Found Love” by Third World  (Feb 10)   YouTube

“Contact” by Edwin Starr  (Feb 10)   YouTube

“Heart Of Glass” by Blondie  (Feb 17)   YouTube   75%

“Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” by Jacksons  (Feb 17)   YouTube   85%

“I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)” by Instant Funk  (Feb 17)   YouTube

“Keep On Dancin’” by Gary’s Gang  (Feb 17)   YouTube

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen  (Feb 17)   YouTube   65%

“Roxanne” by The Police  (Feb 24)   YouTube

“Aqua Boogie” by Parliament  (Feb 24)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1979

 

New at the Movies

The First Great Train Robbery  (Feb 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Agatha  (Feb 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Warriors  (Feb 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The North Avenue Irregulars  (Feb 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

February 1979

 

New on TV

Makin’ It  ABC  (Feb 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The New Fred and Barney Show  NBC  (Feb 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Supertrain  NBC  (Feb 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Angie  ABC  (Feb 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Roots: The Next Generations [miniseries]  ABC  (Feb 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

This Old House  PBS  (Feb 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Billy  CBS  (Feb 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Flatbush  CBS  (Feb 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Mrs. Columbo  NBC  (Feb 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule   [Later known as Kate Columbo, followed by Kate the Detective and then ultimately Kate Loves a Mystery]

Cliffhangers  NBC  (Feb 27)   YouTube   Wikipedia   TV Obscurities   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

March 1979

March 1979

 

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

“Blow Away” by George Harrison  (Mar 3)   YouTube   75%

“Rubber Biscuit” by Blues Brothers  (Mar 3)   YouTube

“Love Is The Answer” by England Dan and John Ford Coley  (Mar 10)   YouTube   75%

“Reunited” by Peaches & Herb  (Mar 17)   YouTube

“In The Navy” by Village People  (Mar 17)   YouTube

“Renegade” by Styx  (Mar 17)   YouTube   55%

“Get Used To It” by Roger Voudouris  (Mar 17)   YouTube

“(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” by Barbara Mandrell  (Mar 17)   YouTube

“Good Times Roll” by The Cars  (Mar 17)   YouTube

“Just When I Needed You Most” by Randy Vanwarmer  (Mar 24)   YouTube

“The Logical Song” by Supertramp  (Mar 24)   YouTube   85%

“Love Takes Time” by Orleans  (Mar 24)   YouTube

“I Need Your Help Barry Manilow” by Ray Stevens  (Mar 24)   YouTube

“Goodnight Tonight” by Wings  (Mar 31)   YouTube   75%

“Makin’ It” by David Naughton  (Mar 31)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1979

 

New at the Movies

Norma Rae  (Mar 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Real Life  (Mar 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hair  (Mar 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The China Syndrome  (Mar 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1979

 

New on TV

Stockard Channing in Just Friends  CBS  (Mar 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Ropers  ABC  (Mar 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Harris and Company  NBC  (Mar 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

13 Queens Boulevard  ABC  (Mar 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Bad News Bears  CBS  (Mar 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Dear Detective  ABC  (Mar 28)   YouTube   IMDb

The Chisholms [miniseries]  CBS  (March 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

April 1979

April 1979

 

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

“Old Time Rock & Roll” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band  (Apr 7)   YouTube

“When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman” by Dr. Hook  (Apr 14)   YouTube

“Deeper Than The Night” by Olivia Newton-John  (Apr 14)   YouTube   60%

“Little Bit Of Soap” by Nigel Olsson  (Apr 14)   YouTube

“Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer  (Apr 21)   YouTube

“Love You Inside Out” by Bee Gees  (Apr 21)   YouTube

“You Take My Breath Away” by Rex Smith  (Apr 21)   YouTube

“Ain’t Love A Bitch” by Rod Stewart  (Apr 21)   YouTube

“Honesty” by Billy Joel  (Apr 21)   YouTube   75%

“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge  (Apr 28)   YouTube   65%

“Chuck E’s In Love” by Rickie Lee Jones  (Apr 28)   YouTube

“She Believes In Me” by Kenny Roger  (Apr 28)   YouTube

“I Want You To Want Me (Live)” by Cheap Trick  (Apr 28)   YouTube   85%

“You Can’t Change That” by Raydio  (Apr 28)   YouTube

“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden and Whitehead  (Apr 28)   YouTube

“Dance The Night Away” by Van Halen  (Apr 28)   YouTube

“Georgy Porgy” by Toto  (Apr 28)   YouTube   55%

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1979

 

New at the Movies

The Champ  (Apr 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Manhattan  (Apr 25 )   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

April 1979

 

New on TV

The Duke [miniseries]  NBC  (Apr 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove  ABC  (Apr 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Highcliffe Manor  NBC  (Apr 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Schedule

Whodunnit? [game show]  NBC  (Apr 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Real People  NBC  (Apr 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Friendly Fire [TV movie]  ABC  (Apr 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Trivia: The Price is Right moves to 11:00 A.M. EST. [game show]  CBS  (Apr 23)   YouTube  Wikipedia: 1979 Events   Schedule

Whew! [game show]  CBS  (Apr 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Presenting Susan Anton  NBC  (Apr 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

May 1979

May 1979

 

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

“Minute By Minute” by The Doobie Brothers  (May 5)   YouTube   75%

“Shakedown Cruise” by Jay Ferguson  (May 5)   YouTube

“Theme From ‘Ice Castles’ (Through The Eyes Of Love)” by Melissa Manchester  (May 5)   YouTube

“Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward  (May 12)   YouTube

“Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind and Fire with the Emotions  (May 12)   YouTube   65%

“Sad Eyes” by Robert John  (May 19)   YouTube

“Shine A Little Love” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (May 19)   YouTube   70%

“Does Your Mother Know” by ABBA  (May 19)   YouTube   75%

“Bad Girls” by Donna Summer  (May 26)   YouTube

“Lead Me On” by Maxine Nightingale  (May 26)   YouTube

“I Was Made For Lovin’ You” by KISS  (May 26)   YouTube

“Shadows In The Moonlight” by Anne Murray  (May 26)   YouTube

“Weekend” by Wet Willie  (May 26)   YouTube   65%

“If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me” by Bellamy Brothers  (May 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1979

 

New at the Movies

Last Embrace  (May 4)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Apocalypse Now  (May 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Winter Kills  (May 11)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Alien  (May 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

May 1979

 

New on TV

Hizzonner  NBC  (May 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

June 1979

June 1979

 

Video Chess (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in the summer of 1979, so it might need to be moved to one of the other summer months. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

TV Commercial from December 2, 1979

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Reviews:

Video [Arcade Alley] (Apr 80 p76)

Electronic Games 1983 Software Encyclopedia (83 p34)

Article:

DP Interviews…Bob Whitehead

June 1979

 

Backgammon (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in the summer of 1979, so it might need to be moved to one of the other summer months. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

June 1979

 

BASIC Programming (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. An article at gamasutra says that BASIC Programming was released in June, but A History of … Games claims it was released in July. In a Halcyon Days interview, Warren Robinett said that he finished Adventure and BASIC Programming in June. If what he remembered is correct, how could BASIC Programming have been released in June or July? Wouldn't there need to be more time to get the cartridges, manuals, and boxes made?

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

June 1979

 

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

“One Way Or Another” by Blondie  (Jun 2)   YouTube   75%

“Up On The Roof” by James Taylor  (Jun 2)   YouTube   55%

“Suspicions” by Eddie Rabbitt  (Jun 2)   YouTube

“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” by Joe Jackson  (Jun 9)   YouTube

“Since I Don’t Have You” by Art Garfunkel  (Jun 9)   YouTube

“Good Times” by Chic  (Jun 16)   YouTube   55%

“The Main Event/Fight” by Barbra Streisand  (Jun 16)   YouTube

“My Sharona” by The Knack  (Jun 23)   YouTube   60%

“The Devil Went Down To Georgia” by Charlie Daniels Band  (Jun 23)   YouTube   60%

“I’ll Never Love This Way Again” by Dionne Warwick  (Jun 23)   YouTube

“Born To Be Alive” by Patrick Hernandez  (Jun 23)   YouTube

“Let’s Go” by The Cars  (Jun 30)   YouTube

“I Know A Heartache When I See One” by Jennifer Warnes  (Jun 30)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1979

 

New at the Movies

Phantasm  (Jun 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days  (Jun 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The In-Laws  (Jun 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Prophecy  (Jun 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rocky II  (Jun 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Escape from Alcatraz  (Jun 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Main Event  (Jun 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Muppet Movie  (Jun 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Moonraker  (Jun 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again  (Jun 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

July 1979

July 1979

 

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

“After The Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind and Fire  (Jul 7)   YouTube   80%

“Goodbye Stranger” by Supertramp  (Jul 7)   YouTube

“Different Worlds” by Maureen McGovern  (Jul 7)   YouTube   75%

“Lonesome Loser” by Little River Band  (Jul 21)   YouTube   75%

“Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” by Robert Palmer  (Jul 21)   YouTube

“Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” by Journey  (Jul 21)   YouTube   75%

“Rise” by Herb Alpert  (Jul 21)   YouTube

“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson  (Jul 28)   YouTube   70%

“Cruel To Be Kind” by Nick Lowe  (Jul 28)   YouTube   65%

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1979

 

New at the Movies

Dracula  (Jul 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Amityville Horror  (Jul 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Unidentified Flying Oddball  (Jul 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

July 1979

 

New on TV

Detective School  ABC  (Jul 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

August 1979

August 1979

 

Superman (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on a thread at AtariAge, an article at gamasutra, and the info at A History of … Games.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Trivia:

John Dunn Quote at Retrothing

August 1979

 

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

“Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (Aug 4)   YouTube   75%

“This Night Won’t Last Forever” by Michael Johnson  (Aug 4)   YouTube

“Pop Muzik” by M  (Aug 11)   YouTube   85%

“Sail On” by Commodores  (Aug 11)   YouTube

“Please Don’t Go” by KC and the Sunshine Band  (Aug 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1979

 

New at the Movies

More American Graffiti  (Aug 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Monty Python’s Life of Brian  (Aug 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Prisoner of Zenda  (Aug 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

August 1979

 

New on TV

The Facts of Life  NBC  (Aug 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Hart to Hart  ABC  (Aug 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

240-Robert  ABC  (Aug 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

September 1979

September 1979

 

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

“Good Girls Don’t” by The Knack  (Sep 1)   YouTube

“Come To Me” by France Joli  (Sep 1)   YouTube

“Dirty White Boy” by Foreigner  (Sep 8)   YouTube

“Rainbow Connection” by Kermit [Jim Henson]  (Sep 15)   YouTube

“Still” by Commodores  (Sep 29)   YouTube

“Dreaming” by Blondie  (Sep 29)   YouTube

“Victim Of Love” by Elton John  (Sep 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1979

 

New at the Movies

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie  (Sep 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1979

 

New on TV

Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel   PBS  (Sep 1)   YouTube   Wikipedia

The Woodwright’s Shop  PBS  (Sep 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Lazarus Syndrome  ABC  (Sep 4)   YouTube   IMDb   epguides   Schedule

SportsCenter  ESPN  (Sep 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Fred and Barney Meet The Thing  NBC  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Jason of Star Command  CBS  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Out of the Blue   ABC  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Benson  ABC  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Working Stiffs  CBS  (Sep 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

A New Kind of Family  ABC  (Sep 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

3’s a Crowd [game show]  Syndication  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo  NBC  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Last Resort  CBS  (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Struck by Lightning CBS (Sep 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   TV Obscurities   Schedule

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century  NBC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Eischied  NBC  (Sep 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   epguides   Schedule

Casper and the Angels  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

A Man Called Sloane  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The New Adventures of Flash Gordon  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   SMS

The New Shmoo  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

The Super Globetrotters NBC (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo  ABC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Spider-Woman ABC (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

The Associates  ABC  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Archie Bunker’s Place  CBS  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

California Fever  CBS  (Sep 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Trapper John, M.D.  CBS  (Sep 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Big Shamus, Little Shamus  CBS  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Paris  CBS  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

October 1979

October 1979

 

Bowling (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in the fall of 1979, so it might need to be moved to another fall month. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Article:

DP Interviews…Larry Kaplan

October 1979

 

Canyon Bomber (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in the fall of 1979, so it might need to be moved to another fall month. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

October 1979

 

Casino (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in the fall of 1979, so it might need to be moved to another fall month. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

October 1979

 

Human Cannonball (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in the fall of 1979, so it might need to be moved to another fall month. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

October 1979

 

Miniature Golf (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in the fall of 1979, so it might need to be moved to another fall month. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

October 1979

 

Slot Machine (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. A History of … Games claims that the game was released in the fall of 1979, so it might need to be moved to another fall month. There was a nonspecific mention at gamasutra.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

October 1979

 

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

“Cruisin’” by Smokey Robinson  (Oct 6)   YouTube

“Ladies Night” by Kool & The Gang  (Oct 6)   YouTube   60%

“Babe” by Styx  (Oct 6)   YouTube

“Heartache Tonight” by Eagles  (Oct 6)   YouTube   65%

“Dream Police” by Cheap Trick  (Oct 6)   YouTube   75%

“My Forbidden Lover” by Chic  (Oct 6)   YouTube

“Get It Up” by Ronnie Milsap  (Oct 6)   YouTube

“Better Love Next Time” by Dr. Hook  (Oct 13)   YouTube

“Take The Long Way Home” by Supertramp  (Oct 13)   YouTube   80%

“Who Listens To The Radio” by The Sports  (Oct 13)   YouTube

“Highway To Hell” by AC/DC  (Oct 13)   YouTube

“Slip Away” by Ian Lloyd  (Oct 13)   YouTube

“Do That To Me One More Time” by Captain and Tennille  (Oct 20)   YouTube

“We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Cliff Richard  (Oct 20)   YouTube

“Cool Change” by Little River Band  (Oct 20)   YouTube

“This Is It” by Kenny Loggins  (Oct 20)   YouTube   60%

“Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes  (Oct 20)   YouTube   50%

“No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” by Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer  (Oct 20)   YouTube

“Confusion” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (Oct 20)   YouTube

“In The Stone” by Earth, Wind & Fire  (Oct 20)   YouTube   58%

“Don’t Let Go” by Isaac Hayes  (Oct 27)   YouTube

“Wait For Me” by Daryl Hall & John Oates  (Oct 27)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1979

 

New at the Movies

When a Stranger Calls  (Oct 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1979

 

New on TV

The Miracle Worker [TV movie]  NBC  (Oct 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Shirley  NBC  (Oct 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Freedom Road [Miniseries]  NBC  (Oct 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

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November 1979

November 1979

 

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

“Rock With You” by Michael Jackson  (Nov 3)   YouTube   90%

“Jane” by Jefferson Starship  (Nov 3)   YouTube

“I Call Your Name” by Switch  (Nov 3)   YouTube

“Send One Your Love” by Stevie Wonder  (Nov 3)   YouTube   60%

“Life During Wartime (This Ain’t No Party…)” by Talking Heads  (Nov 3)   YouTube

“Deja Vu” by Dionne Warwick  (Nov 10)   YouTube

“Rapper’s Delight” by SugarHill Gang  (Nov 10)   YouTube

“Head Games” by Foreigner  (Nov 10)   YouTube

“Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles  (Nov 10)   YouTube

“Yes, I’m Ready” by Teri DeSario with KC  (Nov 17)   YouTube

“Coward Of The County” by Kenny Rogers  (Nov 17)   YouTube

“Don’t Do Me Like That” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers  (Nov 17)   YouTube

“Since You Been Gone” by Rainbow  (Nov 17)   YouTube

“I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince  (Nov 24)   YouTube

“Message In A Bottle” by The Police  (Nov 24)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1979

 

New at the Movies

The Rose  (Nov 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1979

 

New on TV

Trivia: Jaws is broadcast on television for the first time.  ABC  (Nov 4)   YouTube  Wikipedia: Events

Nightline [debuting as The Iran CrisisAmerica Held HostageABC  (Nov 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

All Quiet on the Western Front [TV movie]  CBS  (Nov 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July [special]  ABC  (Nov 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Young Maverick  CBS  (Nov 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

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December 1979

December 1979

 

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

“Money” by The Flying Lizards  (Dec 1)   YouTube

“With You I’m Born Again” by Billy Preston and Syreeta  (Dec 8)   YouTube

“The Second Time Around” by Shalamar  (Dec 8)   YouTube

“The Long Run” by Eagles  (Dec 8)   YouTube

“An American Dream” by The Dirt Band  (Dec 8)   YouTube

“Last Train To London” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (Dec 8)   YouTube   75%

“Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl (Medley)” by Spinners  (Dec 15)   YouTube

“Longer” by Dan Fogelberg  (Dec 15)   YouTube

“Sara” by Fleetwood Mac  (Dec 15)   YouTube

“When I Wanted You” by Barry Manilow  (Dec 15)   YouTube

“Why Me” by Styx  (Dec 15)   YouTube   57%

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen  (Dec 22)   YouTube   65%

“Daydream Believer” by Anne Murray  (Dec 22)   YouTube

“Fool In The Rain” by Led Zeppelin  (Dec 22)   YouTube

“Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar  (Dec 22)   YouTube   60%

“99” by Toto  (Dec 22)   YouTube

“Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire  (Dec 22)   YouTube

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December 1979

 

New at the Movies

Star Trek: The Motion Picture  (Dec 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

1941  (Dec 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Jerk  (Dec 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

All That Jazz  (Dec 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Black Hole  (Dec 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

December 1979

 

New on TV

The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree [special]  NBC  (Dec 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A Christmas for Boomer [TV movie]  NBC  (Dec 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

House Calls  CBS  (Dec 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Knots Landing  CBS  (Dec 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

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Pages in this Subsection

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 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

Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: Wide-release Movies

Wikipedia: 1979 in American 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

Find release dates for Atari 2600 games that were sold in the UK.

 

I. C. When

A chronological history of computers, video games, and related technologies (at archive.org).

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