Before my family got an Atari 2600 we had a simple home console that played only one game – PONG. Now you would think that hunched over a single unit device with your sister 8 inches from your family’s B&W TV would get tedious after a day or two. Oh but you could not be more wrong. We spent months clashing on the digital pong court. The discomforts of the system and awkward gameplay didn’t matter. This was the birth of something new and neck cramps and wrist pain be damned we were going to be a part of it. In fact the lame controls and sound fx just added to the alien mystique of this new technology.
How many of us know the real story of PONG? No one? Well this is your luck day. David Winter has maintained a great site since 1996 detailing the rise of this seminal game and chronicling it remarkable contribution to modern entertainment.