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10:54 AM on 03.10.2008

November 29th 1972: Atari's Pong was released, with it claiming to be the very first Video Game ever... or so they want you to believe.

Pong was a very simplistic game, 2 bars on each site, and a moving square... get the moving square by the bars to score a point. Rinse and repeat.

The thing that alot of people don't know about is the following... something people have been trying to hide for years:

Let's take us back to 1958, A man by the name of William Higginbotham wanted to try
and help people stop being bored at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. So he went forward and developped the worlds very first video game... what kind of television did it play on you ask? Well it didn't play on a TV, it played on an oscilloscope.

The game was named "Tennis for Two" (pictured left) and had a somewhat impressive interface for the first video game ever created. Already looked more realistic then pong did which appeared 14 years later.

So The next claim would be, yeah but the Atari was the first to commercialize a video gam... wrong again.

Say hello to Computer Space, released November 1971 by Nutting associates. It is the first widely distributed Arcade Game: 1500 units. It ultimately failed because people thought it was too hard. In the game you were a ship, and other ships would come around and shoot at you, you'd have to avoid by pressing certain buttons for thrusters, rotation etc. to escape the bullets.

So The very last claim they are holding on for for deal life is that Pong was the very first game you could bring home and plug into your tv to play... Wrong again!

Say hello to the Magnavox Odyssey, released may of 1972. 6 months before Atari's Pong Was Released for the Mass public. Now let me quote wikipedia for its game list... yes it played more then just pong:

* Analogic
* Baseball
* Basketball

Brain Wave

Cat & Mouse



Fun Zoo


Haunted House



Interplanetary Voyage


Prehistoric Safari


Shooting Gallery


Simon Says





Table Tennis





So I believe we now all know, that in fact, Pong did not do anything new, it was all done before... The conspiracy has been revealed!

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