- 1984 in video gaming
* Alley Cat is released for
IBM PC compatibles
* "" (Sierra, IBM PC), the first animated
adventure game, the first in the "King's Quest" series, and the first to use the AGI engine.
Namcoreleases " Gaplus", " Tower of Druaga", " Pac-Land", " Grobda", which is a " Xevious" spin-off, " Super Xevious" and " Dragon Buster", which is the first game to use a life bar.
* Nintendo releases "
The Ancient Art of War" by Dave Murrayand Barry Murray, the first major real-time strategygame, is released by Brøderbund.
* "Paperboy" by
David Ralston( Atari, arcade game), later ported to many platforms, featured innovative bike handle steering controller.
* "Elite" by
David Brabenand Ian Bell is published by Acornsoft, an early and very influential wireframe 3d space trading game offering full six degrees of freedom and a then unique open ended design.
* "Gauntlet" by Donald R. Lebeau is released for the Atari 8-bit computers.
Knight Lore" by Ultimate Play The Gameis released for the ZX Spectrum(and later ported to the BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC, MSXand Famicom Disk System). "Knight Lore" is the third title in the Sabremanseries but the first to use the innovative isometric Filmation engine.
The Lords of Midnight", a groundbreaking strategy adventure game by Mike Singletonis released.
RDI Systemsreleases the Halcyon laserdischome console.
* New companies:
Kemco, Accolade, New World Computing
* Defunct companies:
AstrocadeInc., FTL Games(developer and publisher)
Hasbro, Inc. acquires Milton Bradley Company
Management Sciences Americaacquires Edu-Ware Services
* Warner Communications Inc. sells the Consumer Division of
Atari, Inc. and creates an entirely new company (Atari Games Corp) out of the retained arcade division.
Segaand CSK merge to form Sega Enterprises Ltd.
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