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(Guardian)   50 years of Pong. For god's sake, go and take a shower   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2022-11-25 6:11:19 PM  
So I'm the same age as Pong.
I did not know that.
 
2022-11-25 6:12:26 PM  
And then Pong Kombat came along and turned young, impressionable minds into violent murder machines.

Gagne Software - Pong Kombat - 1994
Youtube 0OtF2l147b4
 
2022-11-25 6:15:13 PM  
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2022-11-25 6:19:15 PM  
Atari did not create Pong.
 
2022-11-25 7:13:50 PM  

Madstand: And then Pong Kombat came along and turned young, impressionable minds into violent murder machines.

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Wooooooooooooow that was a deep dive back in time!!
 
2022-11-25 7:22:50 PM  
I was in the Army in Germany in the 1970s when the NCO club got a Pong machine. Much of my measly enlisted paycheck went into that machine, one quarter at a time.

/still addicted to video games
 
2022-11-25 7:27:46 PM  
Pong is Pong is Pong. It requires no great skill to play, or to understand it. All you need to do is move your virtual paddle to where the virtual ball is moving to on your half of the screen, and hope you moved it there fast enough to cause the virtual ball to move where the machine you were playing against could not send it back to your side of the screen.
 
2022-11-25 7:28:41 PM  

Moniker o' Shame: Atari did not create Pong.


Didn't Alcorn work for Atari when he created it?

It was the first video game I played.
 
2022-11-25 7:32:48 PM  

revrendjim: I was in the Army in Germany in the 1970s when the NCO club got a Pong machine. Much of my measly enlisted paycheck went into that machine, one quarter at a time.

/still addicted to video games


Tempest, when it came out, stole all my money. I got quite good at Tempest.
 
2022-11-25 7:36:15 PM  
Football aka Soccer is just live action coop Pong. LARP Pong.
Prove me wrong
:)
 
2022-11-25 7:44:07 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Pong is Pong is Pong. It requires no great skill to play, or to understand it. All you need to do is move your virtual paddle to where the virtual ball is moving to on your half of the screen, and hope you moved it there fast enough to cause the virtual ball to move where the machine you were playing against could not send it back to your side of the screen.


Which kinda describes most video games. You have to move your mouse to point x,y and press a button in time. Repeat.
 
2022-11-25 8:09:32 PM  

lindalouwho: Moniker o' Shame: Atari did not create Pong.

Didn't Alcorn work for Atari when he created it?

It was the first video game I played.


Ralph H. Baer created it and sold it to Magnavox.  Atari stole it and was sued by Magnavox.
 
2022-11-25 8:52:15 PM  
It wasn't the first video game.
It wasn't the first coin-op video game.
It wasn't even the first commercially successful coin-op video game. (Computer Space did respectable numbers.)

But it was the first smash hit, the game that proved video games could make all the money, the game that started the gold rush.
 
2022-11-25 9:35:10 PM  

Moniker o' Shame: lindalouwho: Moniker o' Shame: Atari did not create Pong.

Didn't Alcorn work for Atari when he created it?

It was the first video game I played.

Ralph H. Baer created it and sold it to Magnavox.  Atari stole it and was sued by Magnavox.


Baer did get his own back by stealing Touch Me from Atari to make Simon.

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2022-11-25 11:01:56 PM  
Oof. Remember playing that on the fams black & white TV as a kid in the late 70s. Shocking as the parents never were engaged at all with tech/weird stuff like that and I was too young to have been pestering them like I later did for colecovision and whatnot
 
2022-11-25 11:08:17 PM  
We had a Telstar Pong game hooked up to the old b&w that we wheeled around if someone was too sick to join the family. It had four games, I think. Later, our cool aunt gave us her console which had eight varieties, or maybe only six. One of them was where I first heard of Jai Alai. Sold them both in a garage sale after we got a 2600 to a guy who was very excited to get his hands on them.
 
2022-11-26 2:51:13 AM  
Sort of CSB: I have a vague recollection that back in the 1970's, SNL did at least a couple of shorts that just consisted of a Pong game being played while the two unseen players were having a conversation. The game play would sync up with their conversation -- for example, when one of them would say something that upset the other, the player would screw up.

I have no memory of what the two players were talking about, so it may just have been dumb. I was a kid though, so it seemed funny to me at the time. I can't seem to find any videos of it online.
 
2022-11-26 3:13:39 AM  
I am younger than Space War (1962).

/ Barely.
 
2022-11-26 3:15:46 AM  
Also Computer Space was first. Nolan made that, too.

/ Kids.
 
2022-11-26 4:57:17 AM  

cepson: Sort of CSB: I have a vague recollection that back in the 1970's, SNL did at least a couple of shorts that just consisted of a Pong game being played while the two unseen players were having a conversation. The game play would sync up with their conversation -- for example, when one of them would say something that upset the other, the player would screw up.

I have no memory of what the two players were talking about, so it may just have been dumb. I was a kid though, so it seemed funny to me at the time. I can't seem to find any videos of it online.


My Google-fu is strong.

Tom Davis and Al Franken SNL PONG Skit
Youtube o9Kv74Nj5ZY
 
2022-11-26 1:45:32 PM  

Gordon Bennett: cepson: Sort of CSB: I have a vague recollection that back in the 1970's, SNL did at least a couple of shorts that just consisted of a Pong game being played while the two unseen players were having a conversation. The game play would sync up with their conversation -- for example, when one of them would say something that upset the other, the player would screw up.

I have no memory of what the two players were talking about, so it may just have been dumb. I was a kid though, so it seemed funny to me at the time. I can't seem to find any videos of it online.

My Google-fu is strong.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/o9Kv74Nj5ZY]


Nice! I didn't realize it was Franken and Davis.
 
2022-11-26 8:36:38 PM  

Loneman1: Madstand: And then Pong Kombat came along and turned young, impressionable minds into violent murder machines.

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Wooooooooooooow that was a deep dive back in time!!


i am so glad i am not the only person who remembers that.  As a big MK fan from back in the day, I had entirely too much fun with PK.
 
2022-11-26 8:44:16 PM  
I still have my Radio Shack Pong game somewhere around here -- looked like this;

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2022-11-27 6:03:56 AM  
It's ok, Subby - I got it. 😂
 
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