Pole Position is a popular arcade racing video game released by NAMCO. The early racing game made quite the impact on the gaming world and became one of the most popular coin op arcade games of the early 80’s. The arcade game had two different arcade configurations: a standard upright cabinet, and an environmental/cockpit cabinet.
Both versions of Pole Position featured a steering wheel and gear shifter. Wowever, what differentiated the two were the cockpit cabinets accelerator and brake petal. Players loved the interactive arcade game because it allowed them to really feel as if they were behind the wheel of a powerful Formula One race car.
While playing Pole Position the player must complete a time trial lap within a certain specified time to qualify into the F1 race at the Fuji Racetrack. After qualifying, the player races against seven other CPU-controlled cars in a championship race that tests the players skills on the track.
Pole Position was the first racing video game to feature a track based on a real racing circuit. It was also the first game to feature a qualifying lap, requiring the player to complete a time trial before they can compete in Grand Prix races. In many ways this game paved the way for driving games to come. Therefore, it only makes sense that is is considered such a legend in the gaming world.