A few interesting facts that I uncovered while doing some research for my next post.
"Important" events all occuring in June of 1981:
Nintendo releases the Donkey Kong video game. The first location in the USA to host one of the games is the Spot Tavern in Seattle, Washington. The hero, "Jumpman", would of course become Mario.
A man dies of a heart attack while playing Berzerk in a video arcade. This is the first video game-related death.
Namco releases the Galaga arcade video game in the US.
Centuri releases the Vanguard arcade game in the US.
Sega/Gremlin introduces the Frogger video game.
The American Army hires Atari to modify Battle Zone to their specifications. The resulting US$15,000 MK-60 system incorporates line drawings of Soviet and American tanks.
Atari releases the Haunted House video game for the Atari 2600 in the US.
Atari releases the Centipede arcade video game in the US.