Pong’s influence on video games endures 50 years later

A game easy to learn but difficult to master. This was the concept Atari founder Nolan Bushnell instilled in then 24-year-old engineer Allan Alcorn before creating one of the most iconic games of all time. ponga little over 50 years ago.

pong, a video game in which a square bounces between two player-controlled rectangles, was released by Atari on November 29, 1972 just a few days more than 50 years ago. Atari sold more than 8,000 pong arcade cabinets, and a few years later the home version became an instant hit, selling about 150,000 units from a console that played nothing else pong. However, despite the passage of time and the massive changes that the gambling industry has undergone, pongs – and Ataris – influence on the world of video games is still widespread today. Watch the video below for the full story.

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