The gameplay of Pong is simple and similar to that of Table Tennis: A point ("ball") moves on the screen back and forth. Each of the two players control a vertical bar ("bat"), which can move it with a knob (paddle) up and down. Leaving the "Ball" at the "racket over", the opponent gets a point.
Pong on the iPod
The most elaborate program-Pong was at the display of the current points tally. Since the original game was never tested by the ESRB, the original version is formally released from 18 years ago. However, this does not apply to the version of 1999, which was released in an age restriction. 
In the spring of 1972 presented in Burlingame, California, the company Magnavox her by Ralph Baer Magnavox Odyssey developed. Nolan Bushnell played for the first time, the ping-pong game of the Magnavox Odyssey. As a little later, Bushnell founded Atari, he even instructed his new employee Allan Alcorn, to create for practice purposes, a Ping-Pong game. As it turned out, did the ping-pong game so much fun that Bushnell decided to publish it. Since the concept of Ping Pong was already protected, it was agreed, the game simply to call Pong.
As Magnavox heard of Pong, Atari, they informed about the fact that the gameplay patents already existed. Before the court could Magnavox prove that Bushnell had in the spring of 1972 saw the ping-pong game and played. An entry in the guestbook of Bushnell Magnavox substantiating their argument. Atari was ordered to pay $ 700,000 for the use of patents by Magnavox. For Atari that was a good investment because they sold well over 8000 to 1983, Pong-vending machines.
The Pong machine was not based on a microprocessor with a program, but on a hard-wired, some digital, some analog circuitry - so it was no computer in the proper sense. General Instrument introduced later for the consoles AY 3-8500 ago (Pong-on-a-chip).
In the summer of 1975, Atari introduced at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is a version of Pong home. The console came with little interest, as the Magnavox Odyssey was by itself only sold moderately and whose production had been shut down already 1974th
Shortly after the CES announced Tom Quinn, buyer at Sears, interest in tennis. The negotiations with Atari ended with the fact that Sears was awarded the exclusive marketing rights and Atari would provide up to 150,000 units of the Christmas season Pong console.
This Christmas season was a resounding success and the Pong console as well as various replicas of the TVG-10 Ameprod were successful until the late 1970s, in Europe until the early 1980s. Then came the Atari 2600 to the succession. For the Atari VCS (or 2600) is also a cartridge appeared under the label of Sears Roebuck, with games, which were partly as a stand-alone console (above) available. This multi-game cartridge called PONG SPORTS contained:
* Super Pong
* Table Soccer
From Pong, the breakout variant developed. In computer games such as Commander Keen (under the name "paddle War") Pong has found its niche.
In the arcade version can reason only two players play against each other. Later there were also versions with a computer opponent. In September 1973 appeared Pong Doubles, the first game for four players simultaneously.
From 1977 Pong played on German television in the broadcast tele-plays an important role.
There were / are several variations and adaptions of the game, in addition to the implementations for almost all computer operating systems and three variants are highlighted:
* The DDR version of the game console, the BSS 01 (1980-1984) was.
* The Painstation Pong is a variant, which causes the players different pain.
* The project Flashing Lights (2001) could be played Pong on a building façade, controlled by mobile phone.
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