Video Game History: Pong Before Pong

Pong original Atari version black and white

While many people believe Pong is the original video game, they’re way off. Even though Atari gained great fame with Pong, they weren’t the first, and they certainly weren’t the first company to craft a virtual table tennis match.

Table Tennis Magnavox Odyssey

A blockier version was part of one of the many Magnavox Odyssey’s games. Except its title was a more boring name with just Table Tennis. When Atari released Pong, Magnavox took notice and a lawsuit ensued. They eventually settled on a agreement that Atari had to pay a one-time license fee to keep Pong in stores.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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