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2022-11-29 11:16:17 PM  
BEEP headline!
 
2022-11-29 11:18:34 PM  
Yes!
 
2022-11-29 11:22:29 PM  
darn
 
2022-11-29 11:23:16 PM  
Mine was hooked up to a tv made of hand crafted oak, and which took 5 minutes to fully shut off. Because I'm old.
 
2022-11-29 11:28:15 PM  
I remember the "excitement" when someone in my family went to a Sears basement sale and got a Pong knockoff TV console game when everyone I knew was already ditching the Atari 2600 in favor of Colecovision.
 
2022-11-30 12:20:15 AM  
Pong makes me feel old, but it was always a stupid game any way. Ironically, I was born in the same year as the first popular video games for computer geeks and the first satellite weather photos. In fact, the first weather satellite photo on the news as of the region where i was an infant.
 
2022-11-30 12:20:48 AM  
Good use of graphics in the headline.
 
2022-11-30 5:00:10 AM  
I had the ability to move the paddle in the last possible millisecond so I missed the ball. Much to my frustration!  I realized shortly after playing a few rounds video games were not for me.
 
2022-11-30 5:11:43 AM  
I have one of those clone Pong Machines that came out in the 1970s. Game is still fun to play with a few beers and a friend.
 
2022-11-30 5:31:20 AM  
First I saw was a console in an Elks club. My dad soon tired of giving me quarters.
 
2022-11-30 5:59:12 AM  
The advantage of Pong over modern video games is if you wanted to inform your opponent you vigorously fornicated with his mother and punctuate your missive with a cavalcade of racial slurs, you had to do it while the opponent was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you.
 
2022-11-30 7:16:08 AM  
Oh boy.  I'm older than Pong.

*shuffles out of the thread with his walker*
 
2022-11-30 7:35:22 AM  
First I remember playing it was at my cousin's house circa mid 70s. Happy birfday, Pong.
 
2022-11-30 7:39:20 AM  
Bah, it's no Tennis for Two.

First Video Game?
Youtube u6mu5B-YZU8
 
2022-11-30 7:45:22 AM  
My TV still has the lines burned into it
 
2022-11-30 7:46:25 AM  
Beep
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Borp
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Beep
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Borp
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Beep
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Borp
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2022-11-30 7:51:30 AM  
Since I'm old, I remember when the first Pong machines showed in bars. As I remember, it was alright, but I wasn't there to fark around, because there were girls to hit on and they weren't interested in it.
 
2022-11-30 7:54:04 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The advantage of Pong over modern video games is if you wanted to inform your opponent you vigorously fornicated with his mother and punctuate your missive with a cavalcade of racial slurs, you had to do it while the opponent was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you.


Back then, insults were like... Your pong paddle blocks about as good as your mom's diaphragm?

It was also more awkward to teabag your opponent after a killshot
 
2022-11-30 7:56:03 AM  
I had a childhood friend who had this cheap, cheap, mechanical pong knock off.

The "ball" was like a lightbulb on a stick moving back and forth behind a thin plastic screen, and the paddles were colored pieces of plastic that slid in tracks and you controlled a knob.

I was amazed that they made same game without a computer, just plastic parts and motors.
 
2022-11-30 8:03:15 AM  
Did someone mention pong? - Pong goodness
 
2022-11-30 8:11:18 AM  
In 1976, the most powerful computer in the world was the Cray 1:
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It cost the 2022 equivalent of 35 million dollars, was capable of doing 160 million floating point operations per second (160 MFLOPs)and was primarily used by governments to break codes, develop nuclear weapons, and other ultra high-end operations.
The XBOX Series X was released in 2020:
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It costs slightly less than $450, is capable of doing 12 million MFLOPs per second (12TfFLOPs), and it's primarily used to pwn noobs in games.

50 years in computing time is an Eternity.
 
2022-11-30 8:14:45 AM  
Another old guy here. We used to play Pong and Space Invaders for hours on rainy days when we couldn't go fishing or play basketball. I had a friend who insisted he could put a spin on the "ball" by hitting it with a fast moving "paddle." He swore he could see a slight curve in the path it took. It may have been the large amount of pot we used to smoke.
 
2022-11-30 8:14:57 AM  
I remember finally getting the hang of putting a spin on the "ball"

/ It was very cool
// I am very old
/// Get off of my digital lawn!
 
2022-11-30 8:22:04 AM  
It had the right number of controls: one knob
When game consoles started being more complex than F14 cockpits, I was done with video games.
I hope the nurse brings pudding today...
 
2022-11-30 8:25:49 AM  
I had the Coleco Telstar circa 1976

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hockey / handball / tennis

You'd set it up on a tabletop in front a TV
 
2022-11-30 8:29:46 AM  

Notabunny: Mine was hooked up to a tv made of hand crafted oak, and which took 5 minutes to fully shut off. Because I'm old.


People used to turn their TVs OFF?!
 
2022-11-30 8:33:23 AM  
Frank Black - Whatever Happened To Pong?
Youtube MeP2YkEpGOQ

/ ball and machine
 
2022-11-30 8:43:23 AM  
I covered the Magnavox vs. Atari patent lawsuit for Electronic News back in the 1970s.  Here's a better story:
https://thinksetmag.com/insights/digital-detective-pong

Sadly, Electronic News, which was the Wall Street Journal of the electronics industry for decades, is gone and isn't digitized.

I found it pretty astounding as patent lawsuits go because the patent was really for an oscilloscope.  But heck, that's all a cathode-ray tube (CRT) really is.

Later, in the 1980s, I'd work for an Austrian guy at Zenith who was probably the lead CRT engineer in the world.  "You vill neffer make anything less expensive than a CRT," Karl Horn would rale as we introduced more and more personal computers with backlit LCDs.

/End CRT.
I mean /End CSB.
 
2022-11-30 8:43:42 AM  
I waited for the Atari 2600. I found mine for $5 at a garage sale. It came with a few games. I hooked it up, played it once in a while and then just put it in the closet. I think I wound up tossing the thing in 1987.

Video games were fun, but it really wasn't something I needed to do every day.
 
2022-11-30 8:53:11 AM  

bucket_pup: I remember finally getting the hang of putting a spin on the "ball"

/ It was very cool
// I am very old
/// Get off of my digital lawn!


Then you smoked another bowl and put some pizza rolls in the toaster oven.
 
2022-11-30 9:03:57 AM  
Time keeps on slippin' slippin', slippin'...INTO THE FUTURE!!!

Someone got a time plug so we can stop the leak?
 
2022-11-30 9:07:31 AM  
Eisenfunk - Pong
Youtube cNAdtkSjSps
 
2022-11-30 9:09:05 AM  

NoGods: put some pizza rolls in the toaster oven


Did they even have pizza rolls back then?  I don't remember.

Then again, I don't remember taking my Previgen today. Or did I?
 
2022-11-30 9:11:26 AM  
We had a clone bought with money my little brother found, this was around 1976. I have never seen one of the arcade model in real life, the first video arcades game I ever saw and played were the top down black and white multiplayer racing games.

First arcade game I ever played was an electro-mechanical baseball machine.
 
2022-11-30 9:35:30 AM  
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2022-11-30 9:36:11 AM  

marckx: I had the Coleco Telstar circa 1976

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hockey / handball / tennis

You'd set it up on a tabletop in front a TV


Had that. My friend had this
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Coleco, WTF. You had a lock on this shiat 50 years ago.
 
2022-11-30 9:40:03 AM  
HOTY
 
2022-11-30 9:41:02 AM  
This thread should have been nothing but "ping" and "pong" back and forth.


YOU'VE FAILED ME FOR THE LAST TIME, FARK!

\ Until the next time we fail, of course.
 
2022-11-30 9:44:32 AM  

H31N0US: marckx: I had the Coleco Telstar circa 1976

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hockey / handball / tennis

You'd set it up on a tabletop in front a TV

Had that. My friend had this
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Coleco, WTF. You had a lock on this shiat 50 years ago.


Hey, I had one of those two. I also had a baseball version.
 
2022-11-30 9:47:10 AM  
 
2022-11-30 9:48:41 AM  

steklo: I waited for the Atari 2600. I found mine for $5 at a garage sale. It came with a few games. I hooked it up, played it once in a while and then just put it in the closet. I think I wound up tossing the thing in 1987.

Video games were fun, but it really wasn't something I needed to do every day.


I think I do the same thing with my Atari but I bought it in 2014. Got a bag of games for $5
 
2022-11-30 9:48:53 AM  

steklo: NoGods: put some pizza rolls in the toaster oven

Did they even have pizza rolls back then?  I don't remember.

Then again, I don't remember taking my Previgen today. Or did I?


Pizza rolls in the early 70s were your trailer trash mom putting tomato paste and American cheese slices on half hamburger buns and slightly burning them on a cookie sheet in the oven.
 
2022-11-30 9:49:34 AM  
First home computer: Timex Sinclair ZX-81, 2kb RAM on board with the 3kb "Expander pack" that slotted into the back.  Keyboard was a squishy-touch thingy.  Think I had a Frogger type game for it. It was a piece of crap that we returned to "Consumers Distributing" after 2 weeks.

Second computer:  Commodore 64.   The Legend.  Used it (parents still HAVE it) for 8-9 years, from about 1982/83 until first year university.

Third computer:  probably a 386 in 1991 or so.

The point of my post?  Ummm...  never been a console peasant.   Also happy birthday Pong.
 
2022-11-30 9:49:54 AM  

bucket_pup: I remember finally getting the hang of putting a spin on the "ball"

/ It was very cool
// I am very old
/// Get off of my digital lawn!


So do you still smoke pot?

/see post above yours
 
2022-11-30 9:55:59 AM  
had pong. didn't get it when it was new, but, I did get it at a local church fete where the old dears running it had no idea what it was and just assumed it was broke, but would I like it anyway - o yah, of course I do!!!
just to prove how 'old dears' didn't know much, I knocked the price down to 50p (should've been £1) as that was the only change I had on me at the time. this was back in 1983(?) and the pound coin hadn't been in circulation that long and it was a time where my dad was massively into making jams (with fruit we'd picked on a 'pick your own fruit' trip)
my mum wouldn't let me hook it up to the 'big telly' because she thought it would 'mess the screen up'. I was relegated to having to set it up with an old black & white tv in my bedroom - unless she was out - and then I struck - big telly!!!
 
2022-11-30 9:56:16 AM  
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CSB: This is the model of Pong game my dad brought home one day back in the 70's. My dad was into electronics and it was not long before he had taken the console apart, made some remote paddle housings out of plastic cassette tape cases, and connected them back to the console via 10 ft home-brew cables (it was probably twisted pair phone line wires, he worked for Illinois Bell at the time), so he could play with my bro and i while sitting in his recliner.

/CSB
 
2022-11-30 9:59:43 AM  

Aar1012: my Atari but I bought it in 2014. Got a bag of games for $5


What I need to do is find new controllers for my Game Cube.

There's this one game I like and I can't play it because my controllers are dead.
 
2022-11-30 10:01:41 AM  

HexMadroom: he worked for Illinois Bell at the time


My friend's dad had one of these. On rainy days he would break out his "suitcase" PC and hook it up to the modem to play video games stored on his work server. Circa 1979...

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2022-11-30 10:03:30 AM  

steklo: HexMadroom: he worked for Illinois Bell at the time

My friend's dad had one of these. On rainy days he would break out his "suitcase" PC and hook it up to the modem to play video games stored on his work server. Circa 1979...

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"Suitcase PC"...  a Kaypro?

/my uncle had one
 
2022-11-30 10:03:57 AM  
Remember Pong well.

Had an early 2600, but spent most of my game time on the real deal. 8 bit coin op video arcade. Growing up in the Golden Age of video games was fun. They were everywhere and everywhere there were games there were kids to hang out with that liked video games too. Recruited a few girls into our D&D games after meeting them at the arcade.

I have an original 1983 Star Wars cabinet, still running on its vector tube. Still sounds great, still plays great and it is still pretty stunning to me how farking fast the game is past level 5, how incredibly bright the colors. It does take a bit of electronics repair knowhow to work on it on occasion, but it is worth it.

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