Sunday, December 2, 2012
In the beginning was the game, and the game was Pong
Forty years ago last week the first arcade video game was commercially launched by Atari. Pong was formally announced on November 29th, 1972, with shipments beginning the following month. The game's primitive interface - two joystick-controlled bars bouncing a 'ball' of light between them, as in a table-tennis match - was something new in terms of the technology of the day, and proved very popular.
Today, of course, it seems laughably primitive . . . but I can remember playing Pong way back when, and enjoying it. It was a different and much simpler world back then; no personal computers, no cellphones (let alone smart phones), no generally accessible Internet, and so on.
If you were born too late for Pong, or just want to relive old memories, there are several free online versions available. Pick one and have primitive fun!