BBC (IBM 1620)     1961


Game is lost

No screenshots of the game exists.


First text game, statistics-based sport game,  first baseball  game


Silent, monochrome game.

IBM 1620 computer
IBM 1620 computer and the player
bbc game
It looks similar to this - paper of the game

1) Simulation game — you’re still the owner of a fake team made up of real players, but instead of gaining or losing points based on those players’ actual future performances, a computer generates its own outcomes based on the relative strengths and weaknesses of those players’ preexisting stats. It’s less about creating a dynamic competition grounded in real-life outcomes and more a hypothetical scenario run through a computer’s mainframe, which essentially makes it a digital version of Strat-O-Matic.

2) Released - 6 January 1961.

3) A text game or text-based game is a video game that uses text characters instead of bitmap or vector graphics. Text-based games were a popular form of interactive fiction in the 1970-80s.

4) BBC Vik: The Baseball Demonstrator allows the player to "play" baseball against the computer and was created to demonstrate the IBM 1620 computer. Both the player and the computer pick players from a database to form a team and those teams will play against each other. The results of the matches are based on random numbers and batting averages from the database. Each event during the match is printed by the computer, letting the player know who hit the ball, when a base is stolen, a ball is caught, the pitcher hit the batter, etc. The only commands available to the player are cheats to force a hit or miss, or to request a postion of all the runners. A game lasted around 7 to 11 minutes.

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