Atari Video Game, "Pole Position," 1983

Summary

Released in 1982, Pole Position was a top hit at American arcades. The home version, issued the following year for the Atari 2600 console, enjoyed similar success. Its full-color landscapes and challenging Formula One-inspired gameplay brought new realism to racing video games. Pole Position is regarded as one of the most influential racing games of all time.

Released in 1982, Pole Position was a top hit at American arcades. The home version, issued the following year for the Atari 2600 console, enjoyed similar success. Its full-color landscapes and challenging Formula One-inspired gameplay brought new realism to racing video games. Pole Position is regarded as one of the most influential racing games of all time.

Artifact

Video game

Date Made

1983

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2019.89.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic
Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 7.563 in  (Packaging)

Width: 5.563 in  (Packaging)

Length: 1.125 in  (Packaging)

Inscriptions

on front of game cartridge: VIDEO GAME CARTRIDGE / ATARI (R) 2600 VCS ATARI 2600 / POLE POSITION / FAST-PACED TRACK FUN! / USE WITH JOYSTICK CONTROLLER / (C) 1983 ATARI, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2694 / *POLE POSITION is engineered and designed by Namco ltd., manufactured under license by Atari, Inc. / Trademark and (C) Namco 1982 on top of game cartridge: POLE POSITION on front of packaging: VIDEO GAME CARTRIDGE / FOR THE ATARI 2600 VCS ATARI 2600 / POLE POSITION / FAST-PACED TRACK FUN! / ARCADE HIT of the YEAR! on sides of packaging: POLE POSITION ATARI on back of packaging: POLE POSITION / "...literally blows the doors off any driving game you've ever experienced. - Joystik magazine, April '83. / FOR USE WITH THE ATARI 2000 SERIES SYSTEMS, AND THE SEARS VIDEO ARCADE AND VIDEO ARCADE II SYSTEMS. / ONE PLAYER / Use your Joystick Controller with this Game Program / For use with North American and other NTSC television sets only. / MODEL 2694 / Qualify for the Grand Prix and win the Pole Position, the number one starting spot. Then go flat out to beat the track record and finish a winner. Features treacherous curves, hair-raising near misses, and all the thrills of the popular video arcade game. / ATARI / A Warner Communications Company / ATARI, INC., Consumer Division / [...] . (C) 1983 ATARI, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MADE IN U.S.A. / [...]

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