Artifact Details

Title

HardBall!

Catalog Number

102695180

Type

Still Image

Publisher

Accolade, Inc.; Ballistic

Format

35mm slide (mounted)

Description

"HardBall" is a baseball simulation that featured the first incidence of a computer game using full-speech, similar to Sega's "Sports Talk" feature. Al Michaels announced the games. "HardBall!" emulated real baseball game programming by using a perspective where the player was looking over the shoulder of the pitcher. It was additionally said to have been the first 8 megabit sport video game. "HardBall!" along with "Star Control" was one of the first titles that Accolade published under their Ballistic label, under which they published their video game titles. The packaging for the first "HardBall!" featured art by science fiction/fantasy illustrator Boris Vallejo.

"HardBall II" (Amiga): 2 slides

"HardBall 5" (PlayStation): 1 slide

"HardBall III" (PC): 7 slides
"HardBall 4" (PC): 8 slides
"HardBall 5" (PC): 3 slides

"HardBall" (Sega Genesis): 8 slides
"HardBall III" (Sega Genesis): 8 slides
"HardBall '94" (Sega Genesis): 16 slides
"HardBall '95" (Sega Genesis): 8 slides

"HardBall III" (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) - Beta: 3 slides
"HardBall III" (Super Nintendo Entertainment System): 9 slides

Credit

Gift of Joyce Worley Katz

Lot Number

X3286.2006