remember pong?

And now for your Friday Fluff! Yes, here it is, the origin of the (television and arcade video game) species: video ping-pong. Believe it or not, the game, in its several versions as generic ping-pong and tennis, is more than 40 years old. It may not have been the very first, but it is one of the first, and fondly remembered. Find out about things Pong at pongmuseum.com.

Need a fix? Play versions of ping-pong online: http://www.falstad.com/pong/ and http://www.liquid.se/pong/ (this one has a different perspective).

If you are more of a sports-watcher, here’s video of an Atari Pong game:

Below is Ralph H. Baer (who invented the Magnavox Odyssey) playing video ping-pong with Bill Harrison in 1969. And so it begins: playing interactive games when you should really be working.

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