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Pong is Now 40 Years Old: The Game that Started the Entire Video Game Industry

If you are over the age 37, you probably remember the video game “Pong.”  This was the first video game ever and would be boring by today’s standards.  But for kids who’d never seen such a thing before, it was revolutionary and exciting.   This was the first video game to reach the mainstream, spawning billions more in sales in the video game industry today.

The game was created by Atari, a founding father of the industry that now generates $65 billion dollars every single year.  The game’s primary inventor was the visionary Allan Alcorn, an expert of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  The project was given to him as a training exercise by Atari co-founders Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.

The first actual video game was called “Computer Space,” but was never sold to the public, at least not on the same scale as Pong.

Years later, the video game industry often produces sales that exceed the largest Hollywood blockbuster films.  Games such as the Halo Series often break the $100 million mark during their first week.

 

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