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Friday, 19th May 2023

Electronic Games Arcade Awards: 1983

Electronic Games was the first magazine dedicated to the video game world, published in the United States. Electronic Games ran from October 15 1981 to 1997 under different titles (Computer Entertainment, Intelligent Gamer, etc). The magazine is notable for holding the first Game of the Year Award ceremony, called (obviously) the Arcade Awards. The Arcade Awards were an annual award that took place every year from 1979 to 1984, then, after a hiatus, in 1992 and 1993.

This is a list of the best games published in 1983.
  • 1983
  • 3-D Sky Attack Mini-Arcade Game of the Year
    Tomytronic 3D
  • Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Best Adventure Game
  • Archon: The Light and the Dark Most Innovative Computer Game
    Atari 8-bit
  • Centipede Best Computer Action Game
    Atari 8-bit
  • Donkey Kong Jr. Best Videogame Audio/Visual Effects
  • Dragon's Lair Best Coin-Op Game Audio/Visual Effects
  • Free Fall Most Humorous Computer Game
    Apple II
  • Frogger Best Arcade-to-Home Computer Game Translation
    Atari 8-bit
  • Kangaroo Best Arcade-to-Home Videogame Translation
    Atari 5200
  • Lady Bug Videogame of the Year (16K or more ROM memory)
  • Learning With the Leeper Best Educational Computer Game
    Apple II
  • Lode Runner Computer Game of the Year
    Apple II
  • M.U.L.E. Best Multi-Player Computer Game
    Atari 8-bit
  • Miner 2049er Electronic Game of the Year (Players Pick)
    Apple II, Atari 8-bit
  • Ms. Pac-Man Videogame of the Year (Less than 16K ROM memory)
    Atari 2600
  • Pole Position Coin-Op Game of the Year
  • Q*bert Most Innovative Coin-Op Game
  • Q*bert Stand-Alone Game of the Year
    Parker Brothers
  • River Raid Best Action Videogame
    Atari 2600
  • Vanguard Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Videogame
    Atari 5200
  • Witness Best Computer Adventure
    Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, DOS
  • Xevious Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Coin-Op Game
Read more about the Electronic Games Arcade Awards.