While the original Atari Football game was first created in 1973, it wasn’t released until 1978. It was delayed because the game couldn’t scroll the screen — players couldn’t move beyond the area shown on the monitor. When the game was finally released, it became the first game to utilize scrolling, a key part of many games today.
In 1973, Atari created Atari Football, but was delayed till 1978 because the programmer could not figure out how to get the screen to “scroll” left and right, limiting plays to one screen… which is how football is played in the Special Olympics, not big-boy NFL Football. Oh no.
Turns out, those 5 years of figuring out how to do it payed off - Atari Football was the first game to introduce screen scrolling.
Thank you Atari - without you, Mario would have never made it past the title screen.
ROFL on THAT Miyamoto San!