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Pong was the invention of Nolan Bushnell, a young engineer who introduced video table tennis to arcades in 1972. Simple and addictive, Pong launched the craze for home video games. Introduced by Atari in 1974--long before anyone had seen a personal computer.
Invention: Pong Video Game in 1972
Definition: noun / game trademark
Function: Pong is a simple and addictive video game. A tiny "ball" floats back and forth across a "net" bisecting a dark Television screen, and two players use knobs to manipulate "paddles" on the screen to hit the ball. The instructions are spare: "Avoid missing ball for high score."
Patent: 3,793,483 (US) issued February 19, 1974
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