Basketball (1979 video game)

Basketball is an arcade video game released in May 1979 by Atari, Inc.[2] It was the first basketball video game with a trackball for player movement and the first to use the angled side view which became a commonly used perspective in the basketball video games that followed.[3]

Atari Basketball Arcade Flyer.jpg
Arcade flyer
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.
Publisher(s)Atari, Inc.
Programmer(s)Chris Downend[1]
  • NA: May 1979
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer


Single-player vs. computer

Basketball supports one and two player modes and uses a trackball to control each player's movement. At the start of each game, the song "Sweet Georgia Brown" is played. Players must first gain possession of the ball and move towards their opponent's goal. When in position for a shot, the pushbutton is held until the player's arm is at a suitable height and the button is released. Shots can be blocked by an opponent, and, when dribbling, an opponent can steal the ball. The winner is the player with the highest score when the clock runs out.[4]



  1. ^ Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ "SEC Info - Atari Inc".
  3. ^ Loguidice, Bill; Barton, Matt (2012). Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time. CRC Press. p. 126.
  4. ^ "Atari Basketball Flyer". The Arcade Flyer Archive. Atari Inc. 1979. Retrieved 11 June 2016.

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