Pong, One Game to Rule Them and from the Past Inspire Them.

Played the first truly global video game phenom, Pong was originally manufactured by Atari and released it in 1972. Allan Alcorn created Pong as an task assigned to him by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. One of the first games to truly have skill component to it, the controls were some what clunky compared to what we have now being just a knob. You could add “English” to the blip by sliding the paddle on contact with the pong and could even get it two twist (was able to pull that off while playing in the video below). Simple yet addictive even today, this game made a lot of money and inspired a lot of knock offs. Many new games today contain and owe some of their game elements to Pong.  I still like the game and think one that used a mobile phone where tilting the phone to move the paddle might be interesting to play.

Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games. It is a table tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. The game  Bushnell based the idea on an electronic ping-pong game included in the Magnavox Odyssey, which later resulted in a lawsuit against Atari. Surprised by the quality of Alcorn’s work, Bushnell and Atari co-founder Ted Dabney decided to manufacture the game.

Atari’s classic video game Pong.
The game was originally manufactured by Atari, which released it in 1972 and was the first truly successful arcade video game being able to stand along side profitable pinball machines.

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