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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1979

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn, a.k.a. Random Terrain.

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January 1979

 

February 1979

 

March 1979

 

April 1979

Bowling (Atari) EBG

Canyon Bomber (Atari) EBG

Casino (Atari) EBG

Football (Atari) EBG

Human Cannonball (Atari) EBG

Miniature Golf (Atari) EBG

Sky Diver (Atari) EBG

Slot Machine (Atari) EBG

 

May 1979

 

June 1979

 

July 1979

 

August 1979

Superman (Atari) EBG

 

September 1979

 

October 1979

 

November 1979

Backgammon (Atari) EBG

Video Chess (Atari) EBG

 

December 1979

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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 video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might get a sense of what it was like living from month to month back in 1979. There were no smartphones with 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 If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.

 

 

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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 and Beyond

To help make your experience more enjoyable, most items listed on this page have a link to related search results at YouTube (YT) where you can watch music videos, scenes from movies, or clips from TV shows. The movies and TV shows listed on this page also have links to web sites such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Wikipedia (WP).

 

 

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

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

“Stormy” by Santana  (Jan 6)   YT

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

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

“Superman” by Herbie Mann  (Jan 13)   YT

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

“I Go To Rio” by Pablo Cruise  (Jan 13)   YT   WP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)   YT   WP   Schedule

Password Plus [game show]  NBC  (Jan 8)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Delta House  ABC  (Jan 18)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Salvage 1  ABC  (Jan 20)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Brothers and Sisters  NBC  (Jan 21)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Super Bowl XIII [sports]  NBC  (Jan 21)   YT   WP

Nightly Business Report  PBS  (Jan 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Dukes of Hazzard  CBS  (Jan 26)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Hello, Larry  NBC  (Jan 26)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

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

Turnabout  NBC  (Jan 26)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

CBS News Sunday Morning  CBS  (Jan 28)   YT   IMDb   WP

Backstairs at the White House [miniseries]  NBC  (Jan 29)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

February 1979

February 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

“Tragedy” by Bee Gees  (Feb 10)   YT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Contact” by Edwin Starr  (Feb 10)   YT

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

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

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

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

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

“Roxanne” by The Police  (Feb 24)   YT

“Aqua Boogie” by Parliament  (Feb 24)   YT

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1979

 

New at the Movies

The First Great Train Robbery  (Feb 2)   YT   IMDb   WP

Agatha  (Feb 9)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Warriors  (Feb 9)   YT   IMDb   WP

The North Avenue Irregulars  (Feb 9)   YT   IMDb   WP

February 1979

 

New on TV

Makin’ It  ABC  (Feb 1)   YT   IMDb   WP

The New Fred and Barney Show  NBC  (Feb 3)   YT   IMDb   WP

Supertrain  NBC  (Feb 7)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Angie  ABC  (Feb 8)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Roots: The Next Generations [miniseries]  ABC  (Feb 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

This Old House  PBS  (Feb 20)   YT   IMDb   WP

Billy  CBS  (Feb 26)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Flatbush  CBS  (Feb 26)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

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

Cliffhangers  NBC  (Feb 27)   YT   WP   TV Obscurities   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

March 1979

March 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1979

 

New at the Movies

Norma Rae  (Mar 2)   YT   IMDb   WP

Real Life  (Mar 2)   YT   IMDb   WP

Hair  (Mar 14)   YT   IMDb   WP

The China Syndrome  (Mar 16)   YT   IMDb   WP

March 1979

 

New on TV

Stockard Channing in Just Friends  CBS  (Mar 4)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

The Ropers  ABC  (Mar 13)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Harris and Company  NBC  (Mar 15)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

13 Queens Boulevard  ABC  (Mar 20)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

The Bad News Bears  CBS  (Mar 24)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Dear Detective  ABC  (Mar 28)   YT   IMDb

The Chisholms [miniseries]  CBS  (March 29)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

April 1979

April 1979

 

Bowling (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest mention of Bowling in a newspaper that I've found so far is from April 14, 1979 (review) and April 15, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in April.

Info:

YT

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Article:

DP Interviews…Larry Kaplan

April 1979

 

Canyon Bomber (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest mention of Canyon Bomber in a newspaper that I've found so far is from April 14, 1979 (review) and April 15, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in April.

Info:

YT

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

April 1979

 

Casino (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest mention of Casino in a newspaper that I've found so far is from April 15, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in April.

Info:

YT

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

April 1979

 

Football (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest mention of Football in a newspaper that I've found so far is from April 14, 1979 (review) and April 15, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in April.

Info:

YT

TV Commercial from December 2, 1979

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

April 1979

 

Human Cannonball (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest mention of Human Cannonball in a newspaper that I've found so far is from April 14, 1979 (review) and April 15, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in April.

Info:

YT

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

April 1979

 

Miniature Golf (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest mention of Miniature Golf in a newspaper that I've found so far is from April 14, 1979 (review) and April 15, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in April.

Info:

YT

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

April 1979

 

Sky Diver (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest mention of Sky Diver in a newspaper that I've found so far is from April 15, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in April.

Trivia:

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

Info:

YT

TV Commercial from December 2, 1979

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Article:

DP Interviews…Jim Huether

April 1979

 

Slot Machine (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest mention of Slot Machine in a newspaper that I've found so far is from April 15, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in April.

Info:

YT

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

April 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1979

 

New at the Movies

The Champ  (Apr 4)   YT   IMDb   WP

Manhattan  (Apr 25 )   YT   IMDb   WP

April 1979

 

New on TV

The Duke [miniseries]  NBC  (Apr 5)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove  ABC  (Apr 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

Highcliffe Manor  NBC  (Apr 12)   YT   IMDb   Schedule

Whodunnit? [game show]  NBC  (Apr 12)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Real People  NBC  (Apr 18)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Friendly Fire [TV movie]  ABC  (Apr 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

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

Whew! [game show]  CBS  (Apr 23)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Presenting Susan Anton  NBC  (Apr 26)   YT   IMDb   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

May 1979

May 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1979

 

New at the Movies

Last Embrace  (May 4)   YT   IMDb   WP

Apocalypse Now  (May 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

Winter Kills  (May 11)   YT   IMDb   WP

Alien  (May 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

May 1979

 

New on TV

Hizzonner  NBC  (May 10)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

June 1979

June 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

“Suspicions” by Eddie Rabbitt  (Jun 2)   YT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Let’s Go” by The Cars  (Jun 30)   YT

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

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1979

 

New at the Movies

Phantasm  (Jun 1)   YT   IMDb   WP

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days  (Jun 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

The In-Laws  (Jun 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

Prophecy  (Jun 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

Rocky II  (Jun 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

Escape from Alcatraz  (Jun 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Main Event  (Jun 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Muppet Movie  (Jun 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

Moonraker  (Jun 26)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again  (Jun 27)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

July 1979

July 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

“Goodbye Stranger” by Supertramp  (Jul 7)   YT

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

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

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

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

“Rise” by Herb Alpert  (Jul 21)   YT

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

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

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1979

 

New at the Movies

Dracula  (Jul 13)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Amityville Horror  (Jul 27)   YT   IMDb   WP

Unidentified Flying Oddball  (Jul 26)   YT   IMDb   WP

July 1979

 

New on TV

Detective School  ABC  (Jul 31)   YT   IMDb   WP   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. The earliest mention of Superman in a newspaper that I've found so far is from September 2, 1979 (Sears ad). The June 23, 1979 issue of Billboard magazine mentioned that Superman was just released.

Info:

YT

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

News:

 

From Billboard (Jun 23, 79 p50/52):

    With video game cartridges representing half the projected volume of the market this year, Phil Quigley of Atariwhich just added Superman to its expanding game line sees record retailers as a natural outlet for the software.

Trivia:

John Dunn Quote at Retrothing

August 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

“Pop Muzik” by M  (Aug 11)   YT   85%

“Sail On” by Commodores  (Aug 11)   YT

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

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1979

 

New at the Movies

More American Graffiti  (Aug 3)   YT   IMDb   WP

Monty Python’s Life of Brian  (Aug 17)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Prisoner of Zenda  (Aug 17)   YT   IMDb   WP

August 1979

 

New on TV

The Facts of Life  NBC  (Aug 24)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Hart to Hart  ABC  (Aug 25)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

240-Robert  ABC  (Aug 28)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

September 1979

September 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

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

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

“Still” by Commodores  (Sep 29)   YT

“Dreaming” by Blondie  (Sep 29)   YT

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

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1979

 

New at the Movies

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie  (Sep 28)   YT   IMDb   WP

September 1979

 

New on TV

Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel   PBS  (Sep 1)   YT   WP

The Woodwright’s Shop  PBS  (Sep 1)   YT   IMDb   WP

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

SportsCenter  ESPN  (Sep 7)   YT   IMDb   WP

Fred and Barney Meet The Thing  NBC  (Sep 8)   YT   IMDb   WP

Jason of Star Command  CBS  (Sep 9)   YT   IMDb   WP

Out of the Blue   ABC  (Sep 9)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Benson  ABC  (Sep 13)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Working Stiffs  CBS  (Sep 15)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

A New Kind of Family  ABC  (Sep 16)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

3’s a Crowd [game show]  Syndication  (Sep 17)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo  NBC  (Sep 18)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

The Last Resort  CBS  (Sep 19)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Struck by Lightning CBS (Sep 19)   YT   IMDb   WP   TV Obscurities   Schedule

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century  NBC  (Sep 20)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Eischied  NBC  (Sep 21)   YT   IMDb   WP   epguides   Schedule

Casper and the Angels  NBC  (Sep 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

A Man Called Sloane  NBC  (Sep 22)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

The New Adventures of Flash Gordon  NBC  (Sep 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

The New Shmoo  NBC  (Sep 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Super Globetrotters NBC (Sep 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo  ABC  (Sep 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

Spider-Woman ABC (Sep 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Associates  ABC  (Sep 23)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Archie Bunker’s Place  CBS  (Sep 23)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

California Fever  CBS  (Sep 25)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Trapper John, M.D.  CBS  (Sep 25)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Big Shamus, Little Shamus  CBS  (Sep 29)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Paris  CBS  (Sep 29)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

October 1979

October 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

“Babe” by Styx  (Oct 6)   YT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1979

 

New at the Movies

When a Stranger Calls  (Oct 26)   YT   IMDb   WP

October 1979

 

New on TV

The Miracle Worker [TV movie]  NBC  (Oct 14)   YT   IMDb   WP

Shirley  NBC  (Oct 26)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Freedom Road [Miniseries]  NBC  (Oct 29)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

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November 1979

November 1979

 

Backgammon (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. The earliest trustworthy mention of Backgammon in a newspaper that I've found so far is from November 22, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in November. I'm guessing that it was delayed along with Video Chess.

Info:

YT

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

November 1979

 

Video Chess (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess. According to an article in Personal Computing, Larry Wagner said “Let me say that Atari’s Chess Cartridge will finally be in the stores around November. We’ve had all sorts of technical problems and delays but everything has finally been cleared up.” The earliest trustworthy mention of Video Chess in a newspaper that I've found so far is from November 22, 1979 (Sears ad), so this entry seems to belong here in November.

Info:

YT

TV Commercial from December 2, 1979

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

Reviews:

Video [Arcade Alley] (Apr 80 p76)

Electronic Games 1983 Software Encyclopedia (83 p34)

Articles:

Atari “Produces” - Personal Computing (Nov 79 p75)

DP Interviews…Bob Whitehead

November 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

“Jane” by Jefferson Starship  (Nov 3)   YT

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

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

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

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

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

“Head Games” by Foreigner  (Nov 10)   YT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1979

 

New at the Movies

The Rose  (Nov 9)   YT   IMDb   WP

November 1979

 

New on TV

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

Nightline [debuting as The Iran CrisisAmerica Held HostageABC  (Nov 8)   YT   IMDb   WP

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

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

Young Maverick  CBS  (Nov 28)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

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December 1979

December 1979

 

New on Top 100 Radio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Longer” by Dan Fogelberg  (Dec 15)   YT

“Sara” by Fleetwood Mac  (Dec 15)   YT

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

“Why Me” by Styx  (Dec 15)   YT   57%

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

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

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

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

“99” by Toto  (Dec 22)   YT

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

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1979

 

New at the Movies

Star Trek: The Motion Picture  (Dec 7)   YT   IMDb   WP

1941  (Dec 14)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Jerk  (Dec 14)   YT   IMDb   WP

All That Jazz  (Dec 20)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Black Hole  (Dec 21)   YT   IMDb   WP

December 1979

 

New on TV

The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree [special]  NBC  (Dec 3)   YT   IMDb   WP

A Christmas for Boomer [TV movie]  NBC  (Dec 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

House Calls  CBS  (Dec 17)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Knots Landing  CBS  (Dec 27)   YT   IMDb   WP   Schedule

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

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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 History: 1986

Atari 2600 Game History: 1987

Atari 2600 Game History: 1988

Atari 2600 Game History: 1989

Atari 2600 Game History: 1991

Atari 2600 Game Index (NTSC)

Atari 2600 Company 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

WP: Wide-release Movies

WP: 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

 

Amazon Stuff

 

Interesting Subjects

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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In Case You Didn’t Know

 

B Vitamins = Good

Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. For example, the wife of a guy I used to chat with online had severe mood swings which seemed to be caused by food allergies or intolerances. She would became irrational, obnoxious, throw tantrums, and generally act like she had a mental illness. The horrid behavior stopped after she started taking a vitamin B complex. I’ve been taking #ad Jarrow B-Right for many years. It makes me much easier to live with.

 

 

Soy = Bad

Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.” Fermented soy doesn’t bother me, but the various versions of unfermented soy (soy flour, soybean oil, and so on) that are used in all kinds of products these days causes a negative mental health reaction in me that a vitamin B complex can’t tame. The sinister encroachment of soy has made the careful reading of ingredients a necessity.

 

 

Wheat = Bad

If you are overweight, have type II diabetes, or are worried about the condition of your heart, check out the videos by William Davis and Ivor Cummins. It seems that most people should avoid wheat, not just those who have a wheat allergy or celiac disease. Check out these books: #ad Undoctored, #ad Wheat Belly, and #ad Eat Rich, Live Long.

 

 

Negative Ions = Good

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from surroundair.com. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.

 

 

Litterbugs = Bad

Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.

 

 

Climate Change Cash Grab = Bad

Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.

 

Watch these two YouTube videos for more information:

CO2 is Greening The Earth

The Climate Agenda

 

 

Hýdrø╳ýçhlørøqúîñé = Good

Take a look at my page called The H Word and Beyond.

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