Atari Football

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Atari Football
Atari Football Poster.png
Atari Football arcade flyer.
Developer(s) Atari, Inc.
Publisher(s) Atari, Inc.
Designer(s) Steve Bristow
Platform(s) Arcade
Genre(s) Sports (American football)
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Sound Amplified mono
Display Black-and-white

Atari Football is a 2-player 1978 arcade game.[2] It was developed and published by Atari, Inc.. In this game, the sport of American football is emulated, with players represented by Xs and Os. The game was one of the most popular arcade games in its day.[citation needed] In 1979, Atari released a more challenging four-player version programmed by Dave Theurer, the creator of Missile Command and Tempest.


Although not the first trackball game (the first was Soccer by Taito in 1973), Atari Football was the game that is credited with popularizing the trackball. Considered physically exhausting to play, Atari Football involves spinning the trackball as fast as possible to win the game. Just 90 seconds of play could result in sore palms, and longer could cause blisters. Nevertheless, Atari Football was as popular as Space Invaders during the 1978 football season, but its popularity waned later on.[citation needed] Atari Football is sometimes credited as one of the first games to accurately emulate sports. Twenty-five cents (or one American quarter) would allow 90 seconds of playtime, while adding more quarters would allow longer play. It was also the first non-racing video game with vertical scrolling.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Cyberball - 1988 American football game from Atari


  1. ^ "Production Numbers" (PDF). Atari. 1999. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Atari Football - Overview". allgame. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  3. ^ Words: GamesRadar US on October 8, 2010 (2010-10-08). "Gaming's most important evolutions". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2013-02-13.

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