What is “Pong”?

“Pong” is the game created by Atari in the early ’70s, inspired by table tennis to play between 2 players or against the computer.

Pong is a videogame of the first generation of game consoles published by Atari, created by   Nolan Bushnell   and launched on November 29, 1972. Pong is based on the sport of table tennis (or ping pong). The word Pong is a registered trademark by Atari Interactive, while the generic word “pong” is used to describe the genre of video games “bat and ball”. The popularity of Pong It resulted in a patent infringement lawsuit and won by manufacturers Magnavox Odyssey, which had a similar game.

How is played Pong?

Pong is a sports game in two dimensions that simulates a table tennis. The player controls in the game a paddle by moving it vertically on the left side of the screen, and can compete against both a computer controlled opponent and another human player who controls a second paddle on the opposite side. Players can use the paddles to hit the ball to one side or the other. The objective is that one of the players get more points than the opponent at the end of the game. These points are obtained when the opposing player fails to return the ball.

Brief story of Pong

Pong was the first game developed by Atari Inc, established in June 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.

After producing the game Computer Space, Bushnell decided to form a company to produce more games by licensing other companies to use their ideas. His first contract was with Bally Technologies for a driving game. Shortly after the foundation, Allan Alcorn Bushnell hired for their expertise in electrical engineering and computer science; Nolan had also previously worked with him at Ampex. Before working at Atari, Alcorn had no experience with video games.

The basic operation is very simple: there are two white rectangles faced on a black board that move from top to bottom and a small square or ball that bounces over these rectangles and the upper and lower edges of the screen making a repetitive sound. In summary, try to be a simulation of table tennis.

The game Pong requires to run that you have installed in your browser a player Flash Player.

There are currently several remastered versions of Pong, no playable flash versions from the browser and other downloadable, most of these games have been added control functions and optimized.