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Happy birthday to Pong, as the seminal sports videogame was first released 45 years ago today. Nerdist has a retrospective, calling it "the most important videogame ever." It's easy to see the point, as prior to that any computer games were the province of those with access mainframe computers, but Pong brought them to the masses, ushering in both arcade gaming and home consoles. The Atari brand has bounced around over the years, but the company is still out there, and they have declared today Pong Day. They celebrate by touting a new ATARI Table Pong Project that's expected next year, and going from the sublime to the ridiculous, they also offer a Limited Edition Pong Speaker Hat, which will have to speak for itself, because it leaves us speechless.

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19. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2017, 09:47 Creston
 
Hoop wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 18:08:
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 15:18:
How did he stumble into that job? Was he a graphics designer?

Yeah back then the term was Commercial Artist but same same only no computers all hand drawn & taken to screen print the glass surrounds & Cabinets.
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Sorry Creston I should have qualified my original post with exterior cabinet art work.

No worries man, that sounds like an awesome job!
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2017, 17:30 AlexSledge
 
Close Your Door is all I have to say to that study.  
I should be coding.
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 22:12 1badmf
 
destiny 2 is $25 on amazon right now in case anyone was feeling masochistic.  
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 20:16 The Half Elf
 
We had an overnight of 48 and into the 60's today at work. And work wise it was very... normal. We didn't get any of the typical after Thanksgiving/Cyber Monday avalanche like last year.

It was quiet.... TOOOO QUIET.



*checks to make sure end of the world isn't coming*
 
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Using a steering wheel on a Burnout game is like using the Space Shuttle controls to fly a kite.
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 18:56 1badmf
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 16:17:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 15:40:
Anyone heard from BobBob, it's been a month.
https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=userinfo&user=55121

Maybe Blue can DM him?

i mean, if you miss him that much i can be the resident climate braggart =) 75 today in anaheim, gonna go for a run after this with my new shiny white nikes XD
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 18:08 Hoop
 
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 15:18:
How did he stumble into that job? Was he a graphics designer?

Yeah back then the term was Commercial Artist but same same only no computers all hand drawn & taken to screen print the glass surrounds & Cabinets.
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Sorry Creston I should have qualified my original post with exterior cabinet art work.
This comment was edited on Nov 29, 2017, 21:20.
 
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Um .. Behind you...
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 16:17 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 15:40:
Anyone heard from BobBob, it's been a month.
https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=userinfo&user=55121

Maybe Blue can DM him?
 
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Stay a while, and listen.
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 15:40 RedEye9
 
Anyone heard from BobBob, it's been a month.
https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=userinfo&user=55121
 
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https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 15:29 sauron
 
DarkV wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 11:54:
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 11:00:
I remember my dad coming home one day, 1975 or 76 or so, and had a little box with two paddle controllers in his hand that he'd bought that day. It was the Pong console. We played the hell out of it for awhile.

That started my life-long addiction to computer games. Thanks dad!

Have to second this....I'm sure most of us have the same story as Creston. Next up for me was the Intellivision...tho it seemed all my friends got the Atari.

Same here - I had Pong, and then the Intellivision. Intellivision soccer was awesome.
 
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Kittens!
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 15:18 Creston
 
Hoop wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 14:28:
My father designed the art work for many of the arcade machines back in the day, I got to test play a warehouse full of arcade titles free at one point.

Wow, that's cool.

How did he stumble into that job? Was he a graphics designer?
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 14:51 RedEye9
 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has sided with The Tufts Daily, a student newspaper, over anthony scabamoochi trying to sue them for defamation for parts of the following editorials. 1, 2
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 14:28 Hoop
 
We never had pong but would go to cousins that did, it captured every kid that got within it's orbit.
My father designed the art work for many of the arcade machines back in the day, I got to test play a warehouse full of arcade titles free at one point.
 
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Um .. Behind you...
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 13:18 jdreyer
 
Study: Opening Windows and Doors Improves Sleep Quality.

Meh, I have so many gaps in my window and door frames that it probably doesn't matter either way.
 
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Stay a while, and listen.
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 13:16 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 11:00:
I remember my dad coming home one day, 1975 or 76 or so, and had a little box with two paddle controllers in his hand that he'd bought that day. It was the Pong console. We played the hell out of it for awhile.

That started my life-long addiction to computer games. Thanks dad!

Ditto, but it was my grandpa!
 
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Stay a while, and listen.
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 12:22 Verno
 
Surprised to see no comment about Eli's benching in OOTB today. He's had his problems over the years but when you look at what hes had to work with, I think he's done just fine. Took the news like a champ too.  
Playing: Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein II, SNES Classic
Watching: An Inconvenient Sequel, The Orville, Star Trek Voyager
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 12:01 Cutter
 
Speakerhat? Yeah because there isn't enough noise pollution and environmental waste already. They should be taxing the shit out of crap like that.
 
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You've got to be cruel to be kind...in the right measure.
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 12:01 El Pit
 
My first of the two consoles I owned in my life was a Pong clone ages ago... Later I got an Atari 2600 - and then I grew up.  
They're waiting for you, Gabe, in the test chamber!
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 11:54 DarkV
 
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 11:00:
I remember my dad coming home one day, 1975 or 76 or so, and had a little box with two paddle controllers in his hand that he'd bought that day. It was the Pong console. We played the hell out of it for awhile.

That started my life-long addiction to computer games. Thanks dad!

Have to second this....I'm sure most of us have the same story as Creston. Next up for me was the Intellivision...tho it seemed all my friends got the Atari.
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2017, 11:00 Creston
 
I remember my dad coming home one day, 1975 or 76 or so, and had a little box with two paddle controllers in his hand that he'd bought that day. It was the Pong console. We played the hell out of it for awhile.

That started my life-long addiction to computer games. Thanks dad!
 
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