A two-player game reminiscent of Pong, Kramer vs. Kramer (Winter 1980) differed in that it was played in a court rather than on one. Sadly, few people outside of New York and LA ever got the chance to play this title. Columbia Pictures only distributed the game to members of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences as part of its 1980 Oscar promotions.
Players could choose either Ted Kramer (left player) or Joanna Kramer
(right player) and argue their case in front of a digitized judge.
Players "argued" by shooting evidence and insults at each other. Each
hit removed a point from the player's case; when a player's score hit
zero, he or she loses the trial and custody of the child. To add to
the challenge, Billy Kramer (their child) ran up and down the screen
between the two parents. If the child is hit too many times, the
child is scarred for life and put up for adoption. At the end of the
game a "For your Oscar Consideration" title would appear on the screen
until the game was reset.
Despite its limited release, the game was lauded by hard-core gamers
and members of the U.S. Bar Association. In fact, a group of lawyers
filed a motion in U.S. District Court to have the game released to the
Why all the fuss? In the words of the lawyers' brief, "this title
promised to finally bring the excitement of family court and the
thrill of litigation to dens all across America." A noble plan, but it
was shot down by Judge Dennis P. Brewerton, a technophobe who once
berated two litigants for fighting over a Commodore 64.
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