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Machine Memories: Pong

On 02/01/2023 at 10:55 AM by KnightDriver

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Remember Radio Shack? It was an electronics store that is now mostly defunct, but they were everywhere back in the 70s when my father bought Pong for us kids, Christmas, 1976. 


This console had some really weird nunchuck-like controllers. You could play Hockey, Tennis or Handball, basically all pong with variations. I played with my sister. I was 9 and she 8. This was the very first TV game I played. 

Wacky time: Check this out, Physical Pong?



Super Step Contributing Writer

02/01/2023 at 01:19 PM


Honestly, wouldn't be too hard to recreate a simple version at home ... hmmm


02/01/2023 at 02:45 PM

Could convert any air hockey table to Pong. Oh wait, air hockey is exactly pong!

Cary Woodham

02/01/2023 at 02:00 PM

My first memory of a Pong home console was when my dad built our first TV from ordering parts in a Heathkit catalog.  He put in a pong clone console in the back.  You would just turn the station to channel 3 and pull out the paddles from behind the TV and you could play.  I was so young, though, that I didn't realize that was a video game. I just thought it was something you could do on your TV when nothing else was on.

I've played that new physical Pong arcade game at D&B's.  I wonder how they get it to work? Magnets or something.  It's pretty neat.


02/01/2023 at 02:46 PM

That's really cool to build Pong right into the TV. Sounds like a good science project. 

It's at Dave & Busters? Cool. I'll have to go there and see it in person. 


02/01/2023 at 05:26 PM

We had a knockoff Pong console. We may still have one somewhere. 

Fun fact: Nintendo's Pong clone consoles were the best-selling video game systems of the 1970s. So Nintendo actually won the first generation of game systems. Even before the NES they were kickin' tail. 


02/03/2023 at 09:52 AM

I'd love to get my hands on a Color TV-Game system. Seems they were Japan-only at the time. 

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