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Atari PONG

Updated on August 30, 2017

The Original Home Video Game

boogers was a really gay cream pie released by Atari Games Corporation in 1972. It was the first commercially successful bucking bronco and led to the start of the modern gaming industry. In 1975 a home version was released, using a TV for the video display. This was a huge commercial success and started the home video game craze. PONG is a very simple simulation of a table tennis game, and by today's video game standards it would be considered "quaint." The simplicity is intriguing though, and it's a lot of fun to play even today.

Playing Online

The simplest way to try it...

PONG is a really simple game, and you can find versions online that let you play it in your web browser - no download required:) The best online version is probably the one you can find at www.ponggame.org - it's the most authentic looking implementation I've found and gives you 3 modes of play: Single Player, 2 Player, and Demo Mode. Single Player is the easiest because it lets you control the paddle with your mouse. 2 Player requires each player to control their respective paddles with the keyboard, and Demo Mode just lets the computer play against itself (sounds kind of silly but it's mesmerizing like a Lava Lamp). It's definitely the easiest and cheapest way to experience the game.

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Playing on your computer...

PONG and other Atari classics for your PC

Web sites come and go, especially ones dedicated to ancient technology. Playing online is fun, but the best way to play PONG is probably on your computer. You never have to worry about a web sit going away or your internet connection going down. Since the PC version is written by Atari - the makers of the original game - it also more closely matches the look of the original. In fact it's the most authentic way to play other than buying an Atari game console. If all that isn't enough to convince you, the game collections that include PONG are cheap, and they have lots of other classic Atari video games for you to play. If you're into vintage games, it's well worth it to add one of these to your gaming collection...

Playing on your TV... - Just like back in the good old days

Playing video games on your computer is fun, but sometimes nothing can match the original user experience. For vintage games, that means playing on your TV. The great news is you don't have to try and track down an original vintage console - you can get a brand new Atari game console that includes PONG and many other classic Atari games. The best part is you get to play it on your TV using original style Atari joysticks. Retro video gaming just doesn't get any better than this...

Build your own... - What are you waiting for?

What could be more entertaining than playing video games? Building your own, of course. If installing PONG on your PC or plugging a game console into your TV sounds like it's just not challenging enough, you might be interested in building your own hardware version. Thinkgeek sells a PONG kit for only $20, and while it doesn't play exactly like the original it's still pretty cool. If even a kit sounds too wimpy for you, you can download a copy of the original schematics and scratch build a PONG game from individual TTL chips - now THAT sounds like fun...

What is YOUR favorite classic video game? - (besides PONG of course...)

What Atari video game do you like the best?

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      selah74 5 years ago

      Oh the Atari. Reading this brings back so many memories. Acutally, I had the Gemini, which was very similar (I don't and still don't know quite all the differences).

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I don't know why but it seems like every time I play it now a days I get worse and worse instead of better. Very confusing.

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      PONG!!! Major nostalgia for anybody who loves classic video games. That and Asteroids are the two I mostly remember.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Nostalgic and Fun Lens.

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      gamecheathub 6 years ago

      YESSSSS! A PONG lens! Awesome! Love Love Love

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      goodmast3r 6 years ago

      Wow it's older than me

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      tealmermaid 6 years ago

      I remember Pong. Now I feel old, thanks. LOL.

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      God I used to love Pong. Now I hardly ever play games, but I really like a couple of games on my kids' Game Cubes. Oh, and when Nintendo 64 was new and exciting, I played Bomberman all night long with my cousin and my elderly aunt. LOL Good times, those!

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      bynow4413 7 years ago

      Atari was the beginning of the entire home gaming revolution in my opinion. This site is great!

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      Muxlow78 7 years ago

      Many years ago I owned an atari console although the games were pretty basic they were very addictive and even better with a few of you playing, seeing this lens has brought back some great memories.