Happy birthday to Pong
, as the seminal sports videogame was first
released 45 years ago today.
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
expected next year, and going from the sublime to the ridiculous, they also
offer a Limited Edition Pong
, which will have to speak for itself, because it leaves us