1982 was the year that marked the peak of the golden age of arcade video games, and is the year before the Video Game Crash of 1983. Also, it marked the first year of Atari's unpopularity (it produced two unpopular games, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man).


  • The US market for arcade games peak in revenue, worth $11.8 billion ($7.3 billion from coins, $4.5 billion from machine sales),[1] equivalent to $28.9 billion in 2017.
  • The European market for home video games is estimated to reach $800 million,[2] equivalent to $1.96 billion in 2017.

Notable Releases



Console Hardware


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