Cyberball is a video game released in arcades in 1988 by Atari Games. The game is 7-man American football using robotic avatars of different speeds, sizes, and skill sets set in the year 2022. Originally released to arcades, Cyberball was ported to several home consoles.
The game replaces the standard downs system with an explosive ball that progresses from “cool” to “warm”, “hot”, and “critical” status as it is used. Players can only defuse the ball, resetting it from its current state back to “cool” by crossing the 50 yard line or by change of possession, whether through touchdown, interception or fumble. A robot holding a critical ball while being tackled is destroyed along with the ball.