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Pong turns 50 A Brief History


In the early 1970s, video games were a new and unexplored frontier. There were no rules or conventions to follow—anything was possible. It was in this wild and untamed landscape that Pong, one of the earliest and most famous video games of all time, was born.

Pong is believed to have been inspired by an earlier game called Tennis for Two, which was created in 1958 using an oscilloscope. However, the first true video game version of Pong was created by Atari engineer Allan Alcorn in 1972. The game was released in arcades in 1973 and quickly became a smash hit. By 1974, there were more than 10,000 Pong machines in operation around the world.

How Pong Changed the World
Pong not only ushered in a new era of entertainment, but it also had a profound impact on the technology industry. Atari's success with Pong led to the rise of a number of other companies who saw the potential of video games as a new entertainment medium. This competitive landscape helped drive the development of newer and better hardware and software, which laid the foundation for the video game industry as we know it today.

Pong also had a significant impact on pop culture. The game's simple design and addictive gameplay made it appealing to people of all ages, and its popularity sparked a craze for home video game consoles that lasted throughout the 1970s. Even today, Pong remains an iconic symbol of the early days of video gaming.

Pong is one of the most important video games of all time—not just because it was one of the first, but because of its impact on both the gaming industry and pop culture at large. Without Pong, who knows where we would be today? Thank you, Pong, for everything.

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Vivian van Zyl