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2012-11-30 10:03:08 AM  
Belated happy birthday, gaming.

/FIFY, subby.
 
2012-11-30 10:50:11 AM  
Inside an original Pong machine you will find an off-the-shelf bread pan to catch quarters and a television.

I suppose that if given the choice, I'd prefer to pay for the game with quarters rather than a television, since they are more conveniently carried in my pocket.
 
2012-11-30 11:05:15 AM  
Which version of Pong should I play? I'm missing a quarter...
 
2012-11-30 11:17:54 AM  
"Atari's announcement of Pong" is as arbitrary a definition of the birth of "gaming" (or even "the gaming industry") as any.
 
2012-11-30 11:47:18 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: Belated happy birthday, gaming.

/FIFY, subby.


When someone wishes me a happy belated birthday, I explain that it was on the same day it always had been.
 
2012-11-30 11:59:08 AM  

poot_rootbeer: "Atari's announcement of Pong" is as arbitrary a definition of the birth of "gaming" (or even "the gaming industry") as any.


Indeed.

Gaming= any type of gaming. Gambling, cards, tabletop, videogames, hell, you could consider LARPing "gaming".

Video gaming= video games.

Gaming's turning 40? Probably closer to turning 40,000, though we don't have much evidence of organized gaming prior to the ancient Egyptians playing a version of Mancala, and Roman soldiers playing Roll the Bones. So, with certainty, you can say that gaming's at least turning 4000.

/I don't play video games, I just spend hours a day playing "tap tap tap me" on my phone
//what? Phones are "gaming" too?
 
2012-11-30 12:11:04 PM  
i like how pong predates the game it's based on
 
2012-11-30 12:21:19 PM  
Memories of my quarter-slinging days in the arcade are a far-away memory, but a fond one.

I remember the SF machine was set in the hardest difficulty -then one in which Ryu and Ken spammed hadoken and they were slow and filled the screen- , I remember my favorite game, Samurai Showdown, was my unicorn because every time I played it, 'that guy' always placed a coin and kicked me out. I never got to win a game against him, sadly.

I also remember when Mortal Kombat came out, and everyone wanted a piece of the action. We were all amazed you get to kill people in an arcade game, and it looked so real at the time. Then, at school, our teacher installed Prince of Persia in the computers, so my grades kind of declines after that.

I didn't get a lot of consoles, up until the SNES, because my dad, in a fit of rage, broke our NES because our grades were so low. But we always ended up going to the arcade anyway, playing Samurai Showdown (when I could), Art of Fighting, King of Fighters, and Street Fighter. Fridays was the gladiatorial days in which all bonds of friendship and brotherhood were cast aside.
 
2012-11-30 12:24:23 PM  

Dragonflew: When someone wishes me a happy belated birthday, I explain that it was on the same day it always had been.


I bet there aren't many people who wish you a happy birthday at all anymore, are there?
 
2012-11-30 12:31:49 PM  
Doesn't really matter if you remember gaming's birthday or not. It's not like you can throw it a party. It would be too busy playing with itself to show up.
 
2012-11-30 12:41:12 PM  
Spacewar gets no love, despite coming out ten years earlier.

/oh, were we only discussing COMMERCIAL video games?
 
2012-11-30 12:46:00 PM  
To Celebrate I shall play some Neverwinter Nights....on a netbook.

Because it can.
 
2012-11-30 12:49:13 PM  
RIP City of Heroes
d1vr6n66ssr06c.cloudfront.net

/today is the last day
 
2012-11-30 12:57:01 PM  

grinding_journalist: poot_rootbeer: "Atari's announcement of Pong" is as arbitrary a definition of the birth of "gaming" (or even "the gaming industry") as any.

Indeed.

Gaming= any type of gaming. Gambling, cards, tabletop, videogames, hell, you could consider LARPing "gaming".

Video gaming= video games.

Gaming's turning 40? Probably closer to turning 40,000, though we don't have much evidence of organized gaming prior to the ancient Egyptians playing a version of Mancala, and Roman soldiers playing Roll the Bones. So, with certainty, you can say that gaming's at least turning 4000.

/I don't play video games, I just spend hours a day playing "tap tap tap me" on my phone
//what? Phones are "gaming" too?


This. Referring to playing video games as "gaming" is presumptuous, ignorant, and even a little arrogant. I grew up knowing "gaming" to refer to board, miniatures, cards, role-playing, etc games, but even then, gaming originally referred to gambling. "Gaming" is so much more than video games that it annoys me to see the term become so limited to what's popular.
 
2012-11-30 12:59:42 PM  

Lord Binky: This. Referring to playing video games as "gaming" is presumptuous, ignorant, and even a little arrogant. I grew up knowing "gaming" to refer to board, miniatures, cards, role-playing, etc games, but even then, gaming originally referred to gambling. "Gaming" is so much more than video games that it annoys me to see the term become so limited to what's popular.


Words, like people, change over time. A few years back, you could have a gay old time and nothing queer would come of it.
 
2012-11-30 01:00:57 PM  

OhioKnight: RIP City of Heroes
[d1vr6n66ssr06c.cloudfront.net image 640x360]

/today is the last day


You gonna be online for the shutdown tonight?
 
2012-11-30 01:11:33 PM  

OhioKnight: RIP City of Heroes
[d1vr6n66ssr06c.cloudfront.net image 640x360]

/today is the last day


CRY A RIVER. Go play Champions Online, just a grindy, just as many hero options if you pay to play.

/ftp user
 
2012-11-30 01:35:16 PM  

Lord Binky: This. Referring to playing video games as "gaming" is presumptuous, ignorant, and even a little arrogant. I grew up knowing "gaming" to refer to board, miniatures, cards, role-playing, etc games, but even then, gaming originally referred to gambling. "Gaming" is so much more than video games that it annoys me to see the term become so limited to what's popular.


The term isn't limited at all. Gaming does not exclusively mean only video games.
 
2012-11-30 01:37:10 PM  

PIP_the_TROLL: OhioKnight: RIP City of Heroes
[d1vr6n66ssr06c.cloudfront.net image 640x360]

/today is the last day

You gonna be online for the shutdown tonight?


I had so much fun creating characters in that game, but it was impossible to solo anything as a controller (at least back in the day, and when I reactivated on a free weekend it seemed the same). So when WoW came out, it was bye-bye COH, sadly.
 
2012-11-30 01:41:01 PM  
Didn't we do this back on Monday?
 
2012-11-30 01:57:12 PM  
You video gaming punks wouldn't real gaming if the d20 rolled a crit while it smacked you in the head.

/And yes this is sarcasm
 
2012-11-30 02:03:53 PM  

Copperbelly watersnake: You video gaming punks wouldn't real gaming if the d20 rolled a crit while it smacked you in the head.

/And yes this is sarcasm


There's a funny mental image of a guy with a bag of D20s and a wrist rocket.

"CRITICAL HIT!"

*Thwip!*
 
2012-11-30 03:11:44 PM  

Saborlas: Spacewar gets no love, despite coming out ten years earlier.

/oh, were we only discussing COMMERCIAL video games?


No, evidently we aren't discussing it at all.

spyhunter007.com
 
2012-11-30 03:31:13 PM  
Pong is important because it was the first non-mechanical commercial coin-operated arcade game with TTL logic not to be mounted in a vacuformed fiberglass cabinet!
 
2012-11-30 03:36:52 PM  

grinding_journalist: poot_rootbeer: "Atari's announcement of Pong" is as arbitrary a definition of the birth of "gaming" (or even "the gaming industry") as any.

Indeed.

Gaming= any type of gaming. Gambling, cards, tabletop, videogames, hell, you could consider LARPing "gaming".

Video gaming= video games.

Gaming's turning 40? Probably closer to turning 40,000, though we don't have much evidence of organized gaming prior to the ancient Egyptians playing a version of Mancala, and Roman soldiers playing Roll the Bones. So, with certainty, you can say that gaming's at least turning 4000.

/I don't play video games, I just spend hours a day playing "tap tap tap me" on my phone
//what? Phones are "gaming" too?


I recommend keeping this type of thing as long as the gambling industry calls themselves the "gaming industry". Hey guys, how about the soulless bloodsucker industry.
 
2012-11-30 03:51:41 PM  

Dragonflew: Smoky Dragon Dish: Belated happy birthday, gaming.

/FIFY, subby.

When someone wishes me a happy belated birthday, I explain that it was on the same day it always had been.


You must be absolutely drowning in pussy.
 
2012-11-30 03:56:37 PM  

poot_rootbeer: Pong is important because it was the first non-mechanical commercial coin-operated arcade game with TTL logic not to be mounted in a vacuformed fiberglass cabinet!


Fiberglass cannot be vacuum formed.
 
2012-11-30 04:11:50 PM  
In 78' I had a Magnavox Odyssey as a toddler. It included several variations of pong; pong basketball, pong football, pong hockey, pong pong all available instantly via toggler switches. When the C64 came around my adolescent mind was blown.
 
2012-11-30 04:35:41 PM  

MayoSlather: In 78' I had a Magnavox Odyssey as a toddler. It included several variations of pong; pong basketball, pong football, pong hockey, pong pong all available instantly via toggler switches. When the C64 came around my adolescent mind was blown.


Was that the one with the plastic overlays for the TV? I think I had one of those purchased at a garage sale, it never worked for me.

Had a fried with the Odyssey II.
 
2012-11-30 05:53:08 PM  

PluckYew: Was that the one with the plastic overlays for the TV?


Pretty sure yes. We had it and pong worked but the games that used the overlays seemed utter junk. As I recall there was a roulette overlay and the "ball" just wandered all over the screen.

And I swear even in '72 I looked at the controllers and thought "this is farked up..."
 
2012-11-30 05:55:15 PM  

Egoy3k: Lord Binky: This. Referring to playing video games as "gaming" is presumptuous, ignorant, and even a little arrogant. I grew up knowing "gaming" to refer to board, miniatures, cards, role-playing, etc games, but even then, gaming originally referred to gambling. "Gaming" is so much more than video games that it annoys me to see the term become so limited to what's popular.

The term isn't limited at all. Gaming does not exclusively mean only video games.


I agree that it really isn't, but as noted, gaming is now 40 years old and I don't think there is a joke being made in that statement.

I know, lighten up Francis...
 
2012-11-30 07:19:48 PM  
Let's see...

First video game? No.
First coin-op? No.
First commercial coin-op? No.
First raster game? No.
First raster coin-op? Well... okay.

But Pong does deserve its place in history for proving that the vidya could make money. TFA gets it right by calling it the birth of the video game industry, while subby, to no one's surprise, gets it very wrong.
 
2012-12-01 01:04:38 AM  

gimmeafarkinname: PluckYew: Was that the one with the plastic overlays for the TV?

Pretty sure yes. We had it and pong worked but the games that used the overlays seemed utter junk. As I recall there was a roulette overlay and the "ball" just wandered all over the screen.

And I swear even in '72 I looked at the controllers and thought "this is farked up..."


The Magnavox Odyssey was indeed the one with the TV screen overlays and minimal functionality. It actually came with quite a large number of accessories in the box. The Vectrex also used overlays but that was a different beast entirely and I doubt you'd confuse the two.
 
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