Video Game / Pong
The Grandpappy of Video Games.

"Avoid missing ball for high score."
— The complete directions for the original arcade game.

Pong is a 1972 video game, the first one released by Atari. You control a paddle that goes along one line in the classic version, up and down. Your opponent has another paddle. You bounce a square ball against the paddle. If your opponent misses, you get a point. If you miss, your opponent gets a point. First to reach 21 wins.

Can be played PvP or against a computer AI (the original arcade machine, however, was PvP only).

In more detail: Pong, developed by Nolan Bushnell (who would later create the Chuck E. Cheese franchisenote ), is one of the oldest video games. It dates from 1972, making it Older Than the NES. The company that was founded to publish it, Atari, became synonymous with video games for years afterwards. It was also packed with many first-generation consoles, and Atari made a separate console that only played the game.

Pong is often thought of as "the first video game ever", but this is untrue for one, the Magnavox Odyssey debuted earlier in 1972 (and had been in development since 1968). Not to mention Computer Space, also created by Bushnell, debuted a year earlier. Before that, it gets pretty complicated and still challenged due to varying opinions of what constitutes a Video Game the very first is either Spacewar! (1962), Tennis For Two (1958), OXO (1952), or the Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device (1947). It was, however, the game that started the video game industry.

Everything aside, Pong was the first game to be successful enough for people outside the (then extremely small) geek culture to know about its existence. And for those of you wondering, the Atari logo is two people playing tennis, a reference to their flagship game.

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