Video Games 1976: Intro
Video Games 1976: Fairchild Semiconductor released the Video Entertainment System (later known as the VES or Channel F). Channel F is an early video game console to use a microprocessor and cartridges. Sega released Heavyweight Champ. It was the first video game to feature hand-to-hand fighting. Sega released Road Race, a racing video game that introduces pseudo-3D, forward-scrolling, third-person graphics.
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Other Video Games 1976
Exidy released Death Race, a racing arcade game based on the film Death Race 2000. The game sparks a public outcry over violence in video games and was banned in many areas. Taito released Speed Race Twin. It is a sequel to Speed Race that allows simultaneous two-player competitive dual-screen gameplay and uses color graphics. Atari released Breakout. And Atari released Night Driver, a first-person perspective racing video game. Gremlin releases Blockade, the first of what become known as snake games.
In Death Race, the objective became to run into “gremlins” to gain score. The game could be played with one or two players controlling different cars. The original working title for the game which appeared on some early advertisements was Death Race 98. Game attracted a great deal of controversy over the content of the game because it was centered around killing humanoid figures. Therefore, in July 1976, newspapers and civic organizations began to attack the game for facilitating violence in virtual form. Death Race, the World’s First Scandalous Video Game
- First video game to feature hand-to-hand fighting: Heavyweight Champ
- Pseudo-3D, forward-scrolling, third-person graphics: Road Race by Sega
- First snake game: Blockade by Gremlin
- First home console to use a microprocessor and cartridges: Fairchild Channel F