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Summer Games is a sports video game developed by Epyx and released by U.S. Gold based on sports featured in the Summer Olympic Games. Summer Games is sometimes informally referred to as the joystick breaker, because the rapid movement required in events like the 100m dash would wear out many a joystick.
Released in 1984 for the Commodore 64, it was also eventually ported to the Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari XL/XE and Sega Master System platforms.
Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Atari ST versions were also created for inclusion in compilations. In 2004 it would be re-released on the C64 Direct-to-TV.
The First Version
The game was presented as a virtual multi-sport carnival called the Epyx Games with up to 8 players each choosing a country to represent, and then taking turns competing in various events to try for a medal. On most versions, world records could be saved to the disk.
Summer Games was followed by a sequel, Summer Games II, which featured additional sports such as equestrian, fencing and cycling. The Games series was also spun off into the Winter Games, World Games and California Games franchises.
Change of Ownership
Later, Epyx continued the series under the banner of The Games. With the demise of Epyx in 1989, U.S. Gold took over the line, releasing officially licensed games for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics and the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. U.S. Gold's 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics game was the last title they would release.
The Game Settings
Summer Games allows up to eight players to compete in a series of summer themed Olympic events. The game play is similar to the other entries in Epyx games series.
Each player can choose a country to represent, and then takes turns competing in various events to see who will win the gold medal! The game allows you to compete in all of the events sequentially, choose a few events, choose just one event, or practice an event.
Various Web sites of Gaming World
MobyGamesMobyGames is a website devoted to cataloging computer and video games, both past and present. The site contains an extensive database of video game information. As of the beginning of 2008, that catalog includes more than 83 separate gaming platforms and more than 20,000 unique games.
World of Spectrum
World of Spectrum is a website devoted to cataloging and archiving material for the ZX Spectrum home computer popular in the 1980s, and has been officially endorsed by Amstrad which holds the copyright to the ZX Spectrum brand.
It was started by Martijn van der Heide in 1995 as a website dedicated to hosting Spectrum games, but grew into hosting anything and everything that was remotely connected to the ZX Spectrum.
The site contains an extensive database of information about games, utilities, books, hardware, etc. In December 2005 Retro Gamer wrote World of Spectrum is not just the best site on the Web, but arguably the best retro resource full stop.
From the FAQ: The WoS is the world's biggest and most popular archive of Spectrum related material. As of August 2008, that catalog includes over 17,000 unique entries.
One of the websites goals is to obtain distribution permission from copyright holders of the software kept in its archives, and has received hundreds of permissions to date.
In 2003 the Interactive Digital Software Association filed a complaint against the site for copyright infringement, but this was later retracted.