Arcade Game: Pole Position (1982 Namco/Atari) -

Arcade Game: Pole Position (1982 Namco/Atari)

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A race/driving game using a color raster-scan video display. The game action takes place at Fuji Speedway in Japan. The country around the speedway consists of green meadows, hills, and snow-capped Mt. Fuji.

This was the world’s first 16-bit arcade game as well as video game powered by a 16-bit processor. Namco was the first company to accomplish this.
Pole Position was the first driving/racing game to be based on a real circuit

Note: The infinite time cheat was used since the time for the middle of the race is too short. The atari version is slightly different than the Namco originally which begins at 6:23.


  1. When we were little we used to say that Pac-Man was driving.

  2. I was a master Pole Position driver, arcade and Atari versions.

  3. That girl waving the flag at the finish line, so dangerous!

  4. Where were you? I was greatest at this game! As kid! I was 12 when I got this game! 40 years ago!

  5. This is the game that paved the way for all DRIVING VIDEO GAMES to follow after

  6. There was a long line to get on this bad ass game

  7. The first ever Formula 1 game I played in my life … The year was 1986 and my dad used to shift gears for me while I was stomping the pedal and steering the rudder — sweet sweet memories 😢

  8. 40 years that long time being a gamer! Reddit!

  9. This sounds great on headphones, yup

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