- Pong (1976 on Dedicated console)
- Pong (1977 on Apple II)
- Pong (1977 on HP Programmable Calculator)
- Pong (1980 on Commodore PET/CBM)
- Pong (1992 on Atari 8-bit)
- Pong (1992 on Amiga)
- Pong (1995 on DOS)
- Pong (1996 on DOS)
- Pong (2016 on Windows)
If you've been playing video games for more than a few years, you've probably at least heard the name "Pong" before. Atari's Pong is the first video game in history to truly become commercially successful. Pong is a simple game using analog circuitry and black and white graphics. It is a tennis simulation. The court is a black screen, the two sides separated by a dotted white line going down the middle. You control a paddle represented by a white line. One paddle is on each side of the screen, player one on the left, and player two on the right. Each players' scores are displayed above their paddles.
Credits (Arcade version)
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When it was released 14 years later, it was the only game that stood out in the arcades. It was a wooden cabinet painted yellow all around, and the monitor was encased inside an upside-down trapezoid. The attract mode in the game just features the ball ricocheting off both sides of the black-and-white CRT monitor. A space-aged logo with no artwork served as the marquee.
I like how Pong is based around a simple concept. Two players pass a ball between them, and attempt to score a point by making their opponent miss. It is like tennis, only there is no such thing as “love”, “all”, or “deuce”. Also, the game is quite short: only 11 points needed for a win (or 15, depending on the position of the dip switches). The game can also do one player, but this would involve operating both knobs.
For a game released in the early '70s, Pong's graphics were not that bad for the time. The paddles are located on both sides of the screen, with a dashed vertical line in the center of the screen, representing the net which the ball spawns from. It was also the only machine that stood out. There are sound effects in the game, but they play a minor role. They are heard when you score a point, hit the ball with the paddle, and when the ball hits the bottom of the screen.
The Bottom Line
If you know how to play tennis, you should how to play Atari's first game. Although the graphics and sound were primitive, they were good for the time. Just like
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1001 Video Games
Pong appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
- November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #1 (Titles That Revolutionized Console Gaming)
- The Strong National Museum of Play
- 2015 – Introduced into the World Video Game Hall of Fame
- MobyGames ID: 64135
- Wikipedia (en)
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Game added by Michael Cassidy.
Game added May 7th, 2014. Last modified September 19th, 2023.