Pong, the first commercially successful video game, made its debut in arcades 47 years ago today. The most barebones version of digital gaming, Pong was a table tennis simulation developed by Atari, the company co-founded by two electrical engineers in California, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. Featuring basic two-dimensional graphics and deceptively simple gameplay, Pong was an instant smash-hit nationwide, selling more than 8,000 units less than two years after its release. Nearly half a century after the release of Pong, the game is one of the few video games preserved as part of a collection at Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
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