Remember Space Jam? Remember Star Fox? Remember those treasures locked away in a dusty vault of nostalgia? Well we’re here to pull them out again, because let’s face it some of us college students are poor and can’t afford the new game or movie ticket.
Within the dark recesses of the vault, behind the 8-bit video games our parents loved, is the table tennis simulation game, PONG. Everyone has heard of this game, and it is widely accepted as the first mainstream video game sold. But why should you bother playing a game that was created in the 70’s? Here are three reasons why.
1. The First Video Game
Developed and sold by Atari Inc. in 1972, PONG was the first video game in an industry that would explode in popularity for decades to come. Now days, PONG would still be considered innovative, having been programmed by only one man. Even the most simple games sold now need at least a team of five programmers.
Not only that, but it bought about new ways of creating software for computers. As someone who enjoys video games, enjoys being on the computer, or is just reading this article, don’t you think you should check out this amazing innovation?
2. Imitations and Influences
After the wild success of PONG, many other companies made their own versions. Imitations of PONG and games influenced by the simple game play appeared everywhere. Even now, there are many versions of PONG still being created, as simple flash games online, or as mini-games in the PlayStation and Xbox games we play today. However, none of these imitations can even come close to the simple fun that the original was.
3. It’s PONG!
If you want to play a fun game, without being caught up in an expansive story line, or dealing with complicated controls, PONG is for you. There is no story. The only goal is to not miss the ball, and you do that simply by moving the paddle up and down on the screen. This is a good way to de-stress at the end of the night, kill time while you’re wait for class to start, or take that ten minute break you need while studying.
For your gaming pleasure, you can find the original, as it was debuted, here, at: www.ponggame.org