ⓘ 1976 in video gaming

1976 in video gaming

ⓘ 1976 in video gaming

  • 3.5 million video games are sold, earning the retail video game industry $242 million in revenue.
  • October – Warner Communications acquires Atari from Nolan Bushnell for $28 million USD. Bushnell stays on as chairman.

1.1. Notable releases Games

  • August – Sega releases Man T.T., also known as Moto-Cross, an early motorbike racing game, using a pseudo-3D, forward-scrolling, third-person perspective, similar to Road Race. It also introduces haptic feedback, causing the handlebars to vibrate during collisions. Sega-Gremlin re-brands it as Fonz.
  • While working at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, Don Woods discovers and expands Will Crowthers Adventure. Later in the year, James Gillogly ports Woodss version of the interactive fiction title from Fortran to the C programming language for Unix-based computers.
  • April – Taito releases Speed Race Twin, a sequel to Speed Race that allows simultaneous two-player competitive dual-screen gameplay and uses colour graphics.
  • May 13 – Atari releases Breakout, whose prototype was designed by Apple Computer cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, to video arcades.
  • April 1 – Exidy releases Death Race, a racing game based on the film Death Race 2000, to video arcades. News of the games existence breaks nationally in newspapers in the first week of July after a quiet nationwide rollout. The game sparks a public outcry over violence in video games, and is banned in many areas.
  • January – Sega releases Heavyweight Champ, the first video game to feature hand-to-hand fighting. It uses controls that simulate throwing actual punches.
  • February – Sega releases Road Race, a racing video game that introduces pseudo-3D, forward-scrolling, third-person graphics.
  • October – Gremlin releases Blockade, the first of what become known as snake games.
  • October – Atari releases Night Driver, a first-person perspective racing video game.

1.2. Notable releases Hardware

  • August – Fairchild Semiconductor releases the Video Entertainment System later known as the VES or Channel F, the first video game console to use a microprocessor and cartridges.
  • Coleco releases the Telstar, a console clone of Pong based on General Instruments AY-3-8500 microchip.
  • Radofin releases the 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System video game console in Europe.
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