Serious Game Classification

Pole Position Tōru Iwatani (Namco) (Japan), Atari, Namco, Atari Inc., Atarisoft, U.S. Gold, Datasoft, Thunder Mountain, INTV, GCE, 1982  

Video Game


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  • Entertainment
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  • 8-11
  • 12-16
  • General Public

"From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Pole Position is an arcade racing video game which was released by Namco in 1982 and licensed to Atari, Inc. for US manufacture and distribution. It was designed by Tōru Iwatani, who had also designed the Gee Bee games and Pac-Man. It was the most popular coin-op arcade game of 1983. Pole Position was released in two configurations: a standard upright cabinet, and an environmental/cockpit cabinet. Both versions feature a steering wheel and a gear shifter for low and high gears, but the environmental/cockpit cabinet featured both an accelerator and a brake pedal, while the standard upright one only featured an accelerator pedal.
Pole Position was the first racing video game to feature a track based on a real racing circuit. It was also the first game to feature a qualifying lap, requiring the player to complete a time trial before they can compete in Grand Prix races. Once the player has qualified, they must complete the race in the tim