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Pong: The Machine is Broken!

That terse message summoned Al Alcorn to Andy Capp's bar in Sunnyvale two weeks after Alcorn had installed the Pong arcade game. Pong's problem? Popularity. Its milk carton coin-catcher was jammed with quarters.

Pong heralded a gaming revolution. Mechanical arcade games like pinball had appeared the late 1800s. Pong, designed by Alcorn for Atari in 1972, launched the video game craze that transformed and reinvigorated the old arcades and made Atari the first successful video game company.

Photography courtesy of www.computerhistory.org
Visit the fabulous Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Wednesday, 05.01.2011
21:15 (Cet)

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