Saturday, November 29, 2014

And the Rest is Video Game History.

Today is a fairly unremarkable day, much like any other. Yet, the 29th of November marks a special day on the calendar...

especially for Video Game players...

On this day in 1972, Atari released PONG!

An original Pong arcade unit, signed by Allan Alcorn

Pong was developed by Allan Alcorn, whom worked for Atari as a developer. While not the first video game to ever be released, Pong is certainly the most important in my opinion. Pong is generally considered to be the first widely successful arcade video game. At the time of its release, a Pong arcade unit cost around $1,200 and could easily pay for itself in just a matter of months. Atari became immensely successful in the years following the release of Pong and spawned an entire generation of video game fans. Without Pong, there would have been no Atari. Without Atari, there would have been no Nintendo. You can see where I'm going with this.

Like playing your latest Assassin's Creed game on your Playstation 4? You can thank Pong for that.

Look at those graphics. RADICAL!

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