November 29th 1972: Pong released


On this day in 1972, the game Pong was released by Atari Incorporated, and went on to become the first commercially successful video game. Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games. The aim is to defeat the opponent in a simulated table tennis game. After its release, other companies began trying to make similar games, forcing Atari and other companies to innovate. Thus the video game industry was born. The video game industry is now one of the most profitable industries in the world is still on the rise. The release of Pong should therefore be considered an important milestone for the entertainment industry.


2 responses to “November 29th 1972: Pong released

  1. A landmark moment in gaming for sure! My era was more the 90’s and early 00’s though. I blogged about the subject recently if you’re interested in checking it out 🙂

    • Just read it, that was a great post! I can certainly empathise with the need to justify hours spent on games. I managed to collect every single feather in Assassin’s Creed 2 all for one tiny clip at the end of the game (but that was only a couple of years ago!)

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