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Pong Gets a Modern Makeover for 40th Birthday iOS App

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A new look for a new platform.

Many of us have a Pong system sitting in the attic or basement, gathering dust. The simple tennis game started out as an arcade game and soon made it into our living rooms in the form of Home Pong. Today, Pong turns 40. Though it's hard to believe the game has been around for so long, Atari isn't letting the milestone pass unnoticed. This week, the company is bringing Pong to a platform beloved by casual gamers: iOS.

To celebrate the game's 40th anniversary, Atari has released a Pong application for iOS. The app is free and compatible with both iPhone and iPad. It's not exactly same as the classic version. Atari has jazzed things up with paddle upgrades and 'paddle creatures,' and fans of the classic Pong probably won't even recognize the colorful artwork adorning the 'court.' Still, if you want to give it a shot, you can check it out here. It won't cost you a dime.

 

"Pong World introduces a new generation to the classic game of Pong with a dazzling unique twist and colorful new look," Atari says in the app description. "Explore Pong World by defeating opponents while collecting all five paddle creatures; Shaggy, Chompers, Sir Bouncelot, Razzle and Gnop to help you in your journey for domination. Each paddle is equipped with unique upgrades and powers. Unlock 4 different locations, each equipped with unique features -- summon a wall of energy to block your opponent’s ball, hinder your enemy’s vision and much more!"

 

In addition to the app, Engadget reports that Atari is giving away a portable Xbox 360, which is modded to include an LCD display and resembles the old Pong Home hardware. Hit up Atari's Facebook page for more information on how to win.

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    assasin32 , December 2, 2012 2:09 PM
    You know your an OG (Original Gamer) if you were PWNING people back in Pong.
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    iknowhowtofixit , December 2, 2012 3:02 PM
    pffft, who cares about Pong. Dig-Dug is where the real action's at.
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    warmon6 , December 2, 2012 5:48 PM
    iknowhowtofixitpffft, who cares about Pong. Dig-Dug is where the real action's at.


    Really?

    If you play any video games, you should care. Pong was one of the few early video games that became popular with a large majority of people. It also help set ( or at lease one of) the foundation(s) to all the video games that came after.

    Without pong, current video games we love now might not of exist. (or they be delayed by a number of years.)
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    jcurry23 , December 2, 2012 8:33 PM
    nintendo was way more important than pong and atari. nintendo is what brought gaming back after the video game collapse.
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    warmon6 , December 2, 2012 8:53 PM
    jcurry23nintendo was way more important than pong and atari. nintendo is what brought gaming back after the video game collapse.


    No denying that.
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    NuclearShadow , December 2, 2012 10:04 PM


    jcurry23nintendo was way more important than pong and atari. nintendo is what brought gaming back after the video game collapse.


    Nintendo certainly played a huge role in reviving the home console market. (Arcades back then were still very popular and profitable) They most certainly deserve credit for that.
    However one could argue that Nintendo would never have become a name associated with gaming if not for the previous success before them.

    Think of it as history. You cannot point out a single most important time in history because it's previous events that made your choice possible. There is no more important because every event has shaped the world into what it is today. The history of video games is no exception.
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    tonymus , December 2, 2012 11:05 PM
    Many of us have a Pong system sitting in the attic or basement...

    Jane, PLEASE CLEAN YOUR ATTIC!!! Why in the world would you want to play a 40 year old video game console that could set fire to your house? Do you still even have an old TV set to hook it up to anymore? And, let's face it, no one lives forever. Do you want your beneficiaries to have to pick through all the worthless junk you've got stored up there?

    Thank you, nurse, I'll take my medications now...
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    coreym72 , December 2, 2012 11:42 PM
    Happy 40th Pong! Atari was great prior to being sold to Warner Communications and then the eventual crash of 83. As for anything else, well... Nintendo was the Walmart and Apple back in the day with exclusive only titles, threats, and lawsuits. If the Amiga Game Console was released as expected things would have been different. Too bad Jack Tramiel killed two companies instead of combining Atari and Commodore. Now I wish someone would kill Apple.
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    john147 , December 3, 2012 12:47 AM
    I remember having a laptop with a clit mouse that had a game called Western Pong. Fuckin' adrenaline all the time, not even Smash Melee can stress me that bad.
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    otacon72 , December 3, 2012 3:40 AM
    jcurry23nintendo was way more important than pong and atari. nintendo is what brought gaming back after the video game collapse.


    warmon6No denying that.


    Atari started it all children.
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    cats_Paw , December 3, 2012 6:27 AM
    A bit low to recycle such old games, is it not? Looks like not much creativity going in the gaming development area.
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