It's pretty much the game that started it all! Take a trip through time with Atari Pong!
Back in the early 1970s, this simple game was considered downright revolutionary. Believe it or not, Pong is one of the most influential titles of all time. Take control of either the paddle on the left or the right side of the screen while you challenge the computer. The first player to reach 11 points wins!
Originally released in 1972, Pong was inspired by an electronic ping-pong game. Curiously enough, it was never intended for public release. Pong was originally just a testing exercise managed by the American programmer Allan Alcorn. When two of the co-founders of Atari saw what he had created, they realized they had a potential hit on their hands and the rest is history.
Pong has since inspired countless imitators and is largely considered the world’s first commercially successful video game. It's appeared in tons of TV shows like That ‘70s Show and Saturday Night Live. The game is even now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian in Washington DC!
How to Play Pong?
The rules of this timeless arcade game are simple. The first player to earn 11 points wins. Take control of either the left or the right paddle and try to knock the ball past the one being controlled by your automated opponent.
- USE THE MOUSE to move your paddle.
- LEFT CLICK to begin each round.
- PRESS THE UP AND DOWN ARROWS to begin each round and move your paddle.
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Who Developed Pong?
Pong was designed by Atari.