The Activision Decathlon is one of the few Atari 2600 titles that attempts to use the player's own physical endurance to simulate athletic performance (another is Track & Field).
Players are required to move their joysticks left and right to run, and hit the red button to perform actions such as vaulting or throwing the discus. Players compete in ten different Olympics events including the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter race, 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and a grueling 1500 meter race that takes several minutes to complete. Decathlon is one of the first Activision games that awarded multiple patches (Robot Tank and Starmaster are two other notable examples). 8,000 points gets you a bronze patch, 9,000 for silver, and 10,000 plus nets you the coveted gold. (Contributed by shadow460)