Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we just need to make sure you’re not a robot. At the end of the 1960’s, Steve Russell’s «Space War» game had been circulating atari pong many campus’ and companies’ huge and expensive PDP computers. Nolan Bushnell envisioned this game being played by the masses.
In an interview, Nolan explained the main problem he had with Computer Space: «You had to read the instructions before you could play, people didn’t want to read instructions. Nolan and Ted would go it alone and hire Allan Alcorn to design the first game under the Atari name: PONG. PONG» was choosen for its meaning: a hollow, ringing sound, which was exactly what Nolan wanted in the game. Amazingly, Alan had no idea how to get some sound from the initial version of the game.
If Allan Alcorn designed PONG, he did not invent it. As a matter of fact, Magnavox was putting their new Odyssey home video game console in demonstration in May 1972. On May 24, Nolan went to the demonstration held at the Magnavox Profit Caravan at Burlingame, California where he signed the guest book and played the predecessor of PONG: Tennis. Then, he told Allan Alcorn to design PONG. However, it would be very unfair to base the history on this fact. Many people consider that Bushnell and Alcorn pirated the Tennis game that Ralph Baer and his co-workers designed in 1967.
Not only this isn’t quite true, but in fact they did a better version of it, taking advantage of the TTL technology which by then became affordable, at least in the arcade business. The result was an improved game with segmented paddles and bounces, digital on-screen scoring and attractive sound effects. 1975 and the late 1980s ? He had the best idea of its time and allowed everybody to have a computer at home and program it using a simple language.
This is pretty much the same with PONG: in 1972, you would not go to a retail store to try an Odyssey except for a very short time. By 1972, Nolan Bushnell would leave Ampex and go into business with Ted Dabney and Larry Byron. Larry would soon drop out leaving just Nolan and Ted. The idea was to create the game technology and license it to other companies to build such as they did with Computer Space to Nutting Associates. However, by the time PONG had finished its testing phase at a local bar called Andy Capps Tavern, owned by Bill Gattis. Click to start, move using your mouse.