My First Alphabet

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My First Alphabet
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Developer(s) Fernando Herrera
Publisher(s) Atari Program Exchange
Designer(s) Fernando Herrera
Engine Atari BASIC
Platform(s) Atari 8-bit
Release date(s) 1981
Genre(s) Educational game
Mode(s) Single player

My First Alphabet was a computer game for the Atari 800 series. It was programmed by Fernando Herrera and published by the Atari Program Exchange in 1981.

Herrera's son, Steve, was born with severe cataracts and was pronounced blind by medical specialists. Refusing to place his son in remedial classes, Herrera wrote a program to help his son learn the alphabet. After several months, his son made rapid progress, overcoming his handicap. The program later evolved into My First Alphabet.

The game was the first APX Star Award winner (1981), winning $25,000 from Atari.

Herrera later co-founded First Star Software, makers of Astro Chase, Boulder Dash, Spy vs. Spy and other hits.

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