National Game Registry 1972: Pong

PONG
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Atari
key personnel
Ralph Baer (original design)
Nolan Bushnell (production)
Al Alcorn (program)

Essentially plagiarized from the Tennis game included on the Magnavox Odyssey (the first home video game console), Pong makes a few adjustments to the back-and-forth paddle action, including a scorekeeper and variations in speed and angle.  Pong was the first hit video game, launching the entire industry, more or less

Tennis was inducted on March 12th, 2009.

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