1976 in video gaming

1976 in video gaming

Events

*In October, Warner Communications acquires Atari from Nolan Bushnell for $28 million USD. Bushnell stays on as chairman.

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Notable releases

*In April, Atari releases "Breakout" (whose prototype was designed by Apple Computer cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak) to video arcades.
*In August, Fairchild Semiconductor releases the Video Entertainment System (later known as the Channel F), the first cartridge-based video game console.

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*Exidy releases "Death Race", a racing game based on the film "Death Race 2000", to video arcades. The game sparks a public outcry over violence in video games, and is banned in many areas.

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*Coleco releases the Telstar, a console clone of "Pong" based on General Instrument's AY-3-8500 microchip.

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*Radofin releases the 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System video game console in Europe.

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*While working at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, Don Woods discovers and expands Will Crowther's "Adventure". Later in the year, James Gillogly ports Woods's version of the interactive fiction title from Fortran to the C programming language for Unix-based computers.

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References


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