Today’s Obsession: Pong

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An original Pong unit. Photo from the collection at

Speaking from the Computer History Museum’s Revolution exhibit, here’s Atari co-founder Al Alcorn speaking about the development of Atari’s first game, Pong, in 1972. (Trivia: it’s based on a rudimentary tennis game from the Magnavox Odyssey system.) Pong has served as an informal blueprint for basic gaming interaction. It has yet to be overturned as the archetypal game, despite decades of innovations. Link via GamesBeat’s Dean Takahashi.