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Atari Football [4-Player model]

Arcade Video game published 41 years ago by Atari, Inc.

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Atari Football © 1979 Atari, Incorporated.

An old black and white American football game where the player characters are represented as X's and O's. Players select either offensive or defensive plays and then control one of the characters on each team by rolling a trackball.
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[4-Player model]

Game ID : 034754

Dimensions :
31inch (78cm) high.
53inch (134cm) wide.
29,5inch (74,5cm) deep.
Monitor : 23inch B/W


Atari Football was released in April 1979. One year earlier "Atari Football [2-Player model]".

Atari Football was first created in 1974 by Steve Bristow and originally called 'X's and O's'. It was shelved when Bristow started on "Tank", then resurrected three years later. This game was the first true video sports game and also the first Atari game to utilize a trackball controller.

Approximately 900 four players versions were produced.

2 Atari Football units (2- and 4-player model) appear in the 1982 movie 'Tron'.


Touchdown : 6 points.
Field goal : 3 points.
Safety : 2 points.
Conversion (run or pass) : 2 points.
Kicked conversion : 1 point.


Designed and partially programmed by : Steve Bristow
Finished by : Ed Logg, Lyle Rains, Dave Stubbens
Some works by : Mike Albaugh

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