14 Facts About Pong


Pong is a table tennis–themed twitch arcade sports video game, featuring simple two-dimensional graphics, manufactured by Atari and originally released in 1972.

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Pong was the first commercially successful video game, and it helped to establish the video game industry along with the Magnavox Odyssey.

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Atari released several sequels to Pong that built upon the original's gameplay by adding new features.

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Pong is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D C, due to its cultural impact.

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Pong is a two-dimensional sports game that simulates table tennis.

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Pong went on to create his own designs based on his knowledge of transistor–transistor logic and Bushnell's game.

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Pong divided the paddle into eight segments to change the ball's angle of return.

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Pong made the ball accelerate the longer it remained in play; missing the ball reset the speed.

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Bushnell had difficulty finding financial backing for Pong; banks viewed it as a variant of pinball, which at the time the general public associated with the Mafia.

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In Japan, Pong was officially released in November 1973 by Atari Japan, which would later become part of Namco.

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Bushnell felt that Pong was especially significant in its role as a social lubricant, since it was multiplayer-only and did not require each player to use more than one hand: "It was very common to have a girl with a quarter in hand pull a guy off a bar stool and say, 'I'd like to play Pong and there's nobody to play.

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The sequels feature similar graphics, but include new gameplay elements; for example, Pong Doubles allows four players to compete in pairs, while Quadrapong— released by Kee Games as Elimination—has them compete against each other in a four-way field.

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In 2012, Atari celebrated the 40th anniversary of Pong by releasing Pong World for iOS, which was developed by zGames.

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In 2020, a new game titled Pong Quest was developed by Chequered Ink and released by Atari on Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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