Pong

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Pong
DeveloperAtari
PublisherAtari
Sears (Tele-Games Pong console)
AtGames (Flashback)
Blaze Entertainment (Evercade)
SystemsArcade, Atari Flashback 2/2+ (Atari 2600), Evercade, Home console, Windows
ReleasedArcade
NA: November 29, 1972
Home console
NA (Sears): 1975
NA (Atari): 1976
Flashback 2
NA: November 1, 2005
Flashback 2+
NA: 2010
Windows
NA (Taco Bell): March 2, 2010
WW (Atari Vault): March 24, 2016
Linux (Atari Vault)
NA: May 26, 2016
macOS (Atari Vault)
NA: March 16, 2017
Evercade (Atari Arcade 1)
EU: November 3, 2021
Added to
museum
Windows (Taco Bell): March 12, 2018
Flashback 2+: May 10, 2019
Linux, Mac, Win (Vault): December 4, 2019
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Pong is a ball-and-paddle arcade game developed by Allan Alcorn and released by Atari for the arcade market in 1972.

Legacy

Pong was a very influential game, spawning an entire genre of video game and countless clones, including many clones by Atari themselves.

Versions

Atari made many clones of Pong, but only released faithful adaptations of the original a few times. A home console version was released by Sears called Tele-Games Pong for Christmas 1975, and Atari re-released the unit under their own brand in 1976. A port for the Atari 2600 was released, exclusively for the Atari Flashback 2 dedicated console in 2005. Legacy Engineering developed a faithful port for Windows for Atari, S.A. that was distributed by Taco Bell in 2010.