The most influential racing game was released in 1982: Pole Position, developed by Namco and published by Atari in North America.
It was the first game to be based on a real racing circuit, and the first to feature a qualifying lap, where the player needs to complete a time trial before they can compete in Grand Prix races.
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In 1986, Durell released Turbo Esprit, which had an official Lotus license, and featured working car indicator lights.
According to Electronic Games, for "the first time in the amusement parlors, a first-person racing game gives a higher reward for passing cars and finishing among the leaders rather than just for keeping all four wheels on the road".
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CBS Sony released Paris-Dakar Rally Special, an imaginative racing game with platformer and action-adventure elements, featuring Dakar Rally cars that could fire bullets, the driver able to exit the car and go exploring to lower a bridge or bypass other obstacles, underwater driving sections, and at times having avoid a fleet of tanks and fighter jets.
In 1989, Atari released Hard Drivin', another arcade driving game that used 3D polygonal graphics.