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This Day in Pop Culture for November 29


1972: Atari Releases the Pong Video Game

Although not much more than a square-shaped “ball” and two rectangle “paddles”, the game Pong was one of the first video games. The electronic table tennis game was created by Allan Alcorn as a training exercise which he was given by Nolan Bushnell, the co-founder of Atari. It didn’t take long for copycat games to be made by rival companies. In 1975, Atari created a Pong game for home use which could be connected to the TV. The unit was sold exclusively by Sears. Think of it as an early version of the PlayStation.


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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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