Here's what you have do in Pong. You must use roller dials to move
on screen paddles up and down. Once the ball is served, it’s a battle
for survival has you try to defect shots back to your opponent's side. If
the person misses the ball, then the other side earns the point. The first
one to get 11 (or 15) points is the winner. The game is not nearly as easy
as it sounds because the two paddles are very small and if you the ball in
a certain way then it can really speed up the shot thus making a game much
If you want cutting edge graphics then you certainly won't find them here. The original Pong was just a basic black and white only unit just like most video games in the 1970's. There was just a simple center line, a few numbers to intricate the points, and each paddle was only a simple white stick that hits a tiny ball. That's it! There are no Mode7 effects, no polygons, no half naked girls, and no detail of any kind for that matter. You Odyssey fans may also recognize the look of Pong when compared to one of those games on the early system Magnavox machine. Odyssey creator Ralph Baer wasn't too pleased with this and this lead to a lawsuit against Atari. The case was settled out of court so Atari would pay royalties and Pong could still make tons of money. You can also forget about any background music either. Pong offers basic only two basic sound effects, one 'Ping' when you hit the ball and one loud 'Beep!' when a person scores. Pong has simple yet effective features.
Pong may have been a ground breaking achievement for the video game industry and all but just look how video games have advanced in the last 30 years. Sure, you can play Pong with a friend and get a few kicks but the thrill can only last for so long when other sports games have came so far. Still, we owe a lot to Atari's original Pong because without its early success in 1972 we may not be in the place we are in today and your kids could still be playing with some cheap View masters or something. Atari Pong can be found on the Playstation and Dreamcast editions of the Atari Anniversary Collection and various other classic compilations.