- On March 22, Ralph Baer files with the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding a patent for "television gaming and training apparatus."
- Magnavox signs a license agreement with Sanders Associates regarding the Magnavox Odyssey video game console.
- Nintendo enters the video game industry, working with Magnavox on developing the Shooting Gallery light gun accessory for the Odyssey game console.
- August: Computer Space, the first commercially sold arcade video game, and the first commercially sold video game of any kind, is location tested by Nutting Associates.
- In September, Computer Recreations, Inc. installs Galaxy Game, a version of Spacewar! for PDP-11 hardware and one of the first coin-operated video arcade games, in Tresidder Union at Stanford University.
- In November, Nutting Associates releases 1,500 cabinets of Nolan Bushnell's Computer Space, the first commercially released video game in the arcades.
- Don Rawitsch, Paul Dillenberger and Bill Heinemann, students at Carleton College develop The Oregon Trail for a mainframe with teletype terminals.
- Don Daglow programs a computer baseball game on a PDP-10 mainframe computer at Pomona College.
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- The Galaxy Game. Computer History Exhibits (2006). Retrieved on 26 August 2006
- Hunter, William (2005). Player 1 Stage 1: Bits From the Primordial Ooze. The Dot Eaters. Retrieved on 24 August 2006
- Martin Picard, The Foundation of Geemu: A Brief History of Early Japanese video games, International Journal of Computer Game Research, 2013
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Video game releases
|Galaxy Game||November, 1971||Video Game||North America||Arcade|
|Star Trek||1971||Video Game||North America||SDS Sigma 7|
|The Oregon Trail||1971||Video Game||International||Undefined|