RealSports Volleyball

Realsports Volleyball is a volleyball video game written by Bob Polaro and Jim Huether for the Atari 2600 and published by Atari, Inc. in 1982.[3] Polaro also programmed the Atari 2600 port of Defender.[4]

RealSports Volleyball
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Box art
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.
Publisher(s)Atari, Inc.[2]
Programmer(s)Bob Polaro
Jim Huether[3]
Artist(s)Alan Murphy
SeriesRealSports
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Release
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
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DevelopmentEdit

RealSports Volleyball is an enhanced version of programmer Bob Polaro's never released game Volleyball. He asked to make several improvements on it, including better animations and more colourful backgrounds. It is part of the RealSports series of games.[5]

ReceptionEdit

Steve Davidson wrote in Arcade Express in 1983, "Unlike some video volleyball contests, this one really does play like the sport," and called the game "a triumph" (8/10).[6] The game won The Video Game Update magazine's 1982 Awards of Excellence in the "Best New Sports Game" category.[7]

LegacyEdit

The intellectual property rights for the game passed to Hasbro Interactive and were subsequently bought by Infogrames in 2001, which was subsequently re-named Atari SA. It was then re-released for the Atari Flashback 3 in 2011, which was the first console of the Flashback series made by the AtGames company.[8] As of 2021, the game has been included on all subsequent Flashback consoles, including the Flashback 4,[9] 5,[10] 6,[11] 7,[12] 8,[13] 9,[14] and X.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Availability Update" (PDF). The Video Game Update. 1 (9). December 1983. ISSN 0890-2143. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "RealSports Volleyball". AtariAge. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  3. ^ a b "RealSports Volleyball". Atari Mania.
  4. ^ Backiel, Al. "DP Interviews Bob Polaro". Digital Press.
  5. ^ Jainschigg, John (August 2018). "The History of RealSports". Retro Gamer. Future plc (183): 44–49.
  6. ^ Davidson, Steve (July 17, 1983). "The Hotseat: Reviews of New Products". Arcade Express. 1 (25).
  7. ^ "Availability Update" (PDF). The Video Game Update. 1 (10). January 1983. ISSN 0890-2143. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  8. ^ Purchese, Robert (September 7, 2011). "Atari Flashback 3 console: 60 games, £50 - Two pads, looks like Atari 2600". Eurogamer. Gamer Network Limited. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  9. ^ Pescovitz, David (December 3, 2012). "Atari Flashback 4 console". Boing Boing. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Atgames Atari Flashback 5 User Guide. AtGames Digital Media Inc. 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  11. ^ Atgames Atari Flashback 6 User Guide. AtGames Digital Media Inc. 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  12. ^ Fenech, Steven (February 15, 2017). "Play classic games like Space Invaders, Frogger and Pong on your TV with Atari Flashback 7". Tech Guide. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  13. ^ Falcone, John (July 17, 2017). "Flashback 8 Gold is Atari fans' SNES Classic alternative". CNET. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  14. ^ "Atari Flashback 9 User Guide". ATGames. 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  15. ^ Adcock, Dan (2020). "Atari Flashback X Review". Pixelated Gamer. Retrieved March 2, 2021.

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