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On This Day… The Birth Of Gaming!

Written by: George Chittenden : 14 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 29th November, back in 1972 when the world’s first commercially successful video game was released. Pong, a table tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. It was one of the earliest arcade video games in history and helped to establish the video game industry. Interestingly, Pong was created as a training exercise assigned to a guy named Allan Alcorn by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell.

Soon after Pong’s release, several companies began producing games that copied Pong's gameplay. Eventually they released new types of games. Nowadays the video game industry is valued at around 100 billion dollars a year, and games are far more advanced than simple two-dimensional table tennis. Pong is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. due to its cultural impact.

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