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Notable Releases[]

Electro-Mechanical Game[]

Video Games[]

  • January: SEGA releases Heavyweight Champ,[1] the first video game to feature hand-to-hand fighting.[2][3][4] It uses controls that simulate throwing actual punches.[2]
  • February: SEGA releases Road Race,[5] a racing game that introduces pseudo-3D, forward-scrolling, third-person graphics.[6]
  • April: Taito releases Speed Race Twin,[7] a sequel to Speed Race that allows simultaneous two-player competitive dual-screen gameplay and uses colour graphics.[8]
  • April: Atari releases Breakout, which inspires a number of Breakout clones.
  • August: SEGA releases Man T.T.,[9] also known as Moto-Cross, an early motorbike racing game, using a pseudo-3D, forward-scrolling, third-person perspective,[10] similar to Road Race.[6] It also introduces haptic feedback, causing the handlebars to vibrate during collisions.[11] SEGA-Gremlin re-brands it as Fonz.[12]
  • October: Atari Inc. releases Night Driver,[13] an early example of a first-person perspective racing video game.

References[]

  1. http://www.gamefaqs.com/arcade/567840-heavyweight-champ/data
  2. 2.0 2.1 Spencer, Spanner, The Tao of Beat-'em-ups, EuroGamer, Feb 6 2008, Accessed Feb 23, 2009
  3. Ashcraft, Brian, (2008) Arcade Mania! The Turbo-Charged World of Japan's Game Centers, (Kodansha International), p. 94
  4. Nadia Oxford, 20 Years of Street Fighter, 1UP.com, 12/11/2007
  5. http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=road-race&page=detail&id=14493
  6. 6.0 6.1 Road Race at Museum of the Game
  7. http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=speed-race-twin&page=detail&id=19477
  8. Speed Race Twin at Museum of the Game
  9. http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=man-t.t.&page=detail&id=26084
  10. Moto-Cross at Museum of the Game
  11. Mark J. P. Wolf (2008), The video game explosion: a history from PONG to PlayStation and beyond, p. 39, ABC-CLIO, ISBN 0-313-33868-X
  12. Fonz at Museum of the Game
  13. http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=night-driver-upright-model&page=detail&id=26054

Video game releases[]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
280-ZZZAP 1976 Video Game North America Arcade
Barricade 1976 Video Game International Arcade
Bigfoot Bonkers 1976 Video Game International Arcade
Blockade 1976 Video Game International Arcade
Breakout May 13, 1976 Video Game North America Arcade
BSD Trek 1976 Video Game International BSD Unix
Datsun 280 ZZZAP 1976 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Death Race 1976 Video Game North America Arcade
F-1 1976 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-1 1976 Bundle North America Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-2 1976 Bundle North America Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-3 1976 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fonz 1976 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Galaxy 1976 Video Game North America 8008, 8080, SCELBI
Heavyweight Champ 1976 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Indy 4 1976 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Night Driver 1976 Video Game North America Arcade
Outlaw 1976 Video Game North America Arcade
Quiz Show 1976 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sea Wolf 1976 Video Game North America Arcade
Sprint 2 November 2, 1976 Video Game North America Arcade
The Amazing Maze Game 1976 Video Game Undefined Undefined

Hardware releases[]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
Magnavox Odyssey 300 1976 Dedicated Console North America
Magnavox Odyssey 500 1976 Dedicated Console North America
Telstar 1976 Dedicated Console North America
Telstar Classic 1976 Dedicated Console North America