Pong Turns 40! [VIDEO]
Forty years ago, an electronic baby was born that would forever change the way humans enjoyed interactive gaming.
Pong was released in 1972 by Atari and quickly became a defining game for the entire industry, and later, for video game connoisseurs.
Interestingly enough, the game was designed as Allan Alcorn, a computer engineer who, prior to developing the game, had no video game experience. The training exercise given to him proved to be the start of something big for both Atari and for the modern arcade game.
Though the game was challenged by Magnavox a few years later, numerous sequels of the tennis game have been produced, among them Pong Doubles, Super Pong, Pin-Pong and Quadrapong.
In the video below you can see Atari’s first commercial promoting the game. (Sorry in advance for the poor audio quality.)
But where has Pong’s success gotten us? Well, judging by the recently released game “Borderlands 2,” I would venture to say that we’ve come a long way.