| 9:19 am on Nov 30, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Oh, ###. Does that mean we just missed something entertaining on google? After poring over the globe I tried google dot samoa, but learned only that in some places the main screen calls itself Goog and that's all. (Has it always been that way? Did I never notice before?)
| 5:16 pm on Nov 30, 2012 (gmt 0)|
There's a YouTube video from 1969 showing the first video ping pong game. It's too bad Atari dumbed it down- the original allowed you to move the paddles left to right (not just up/down), manually serve, and put English on the ball.
| 5:36 pm on Nov 30, 2012 (gmt 0)|
This was the only video game I managed to learn to play.
40th anniversary, eh, well, that sure dates me.
| 5:45 pm on Nov 30, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Yep I remember playing it as a kid whenever I went over to my cousin's place. Other than that game, as far as I can remember I played Risk on DOS on a waaaaaaaay expensive laptop sometime back around 1988. Later got a Windows version of it. That was the extent of video games for me.
| 7:40 pm on Nov 30, 2012 (gmt 0)|
What? No Asteroids? Yes, OK, so it was just Pong rotated 90%...
| 11:11 pm on Nov 30, 2012 (gmt 0)|
ahhh long days at university wasted playing that game, 10p a go. Asteroids .. we even had a company league table , but the pub used the tables for meals as well.
| 12:01 am on Dec 1, 2012 (gmt 0)|
| 1:42 am on Dec 1, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Like just about everyone else I played pong but not a big fan. Now asteroids in all of its versions - that I liked. It was so much fun it felt like I was committing a sin.
| 6:46 pm on Dec 2, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Heh Pong; first video game I owned. Loved Asteroids; but loved Space Invaders even more.
| 2:24 am on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I bought pong for my little sister that was ten years younger than me for Christmas way back when.
It was magical for her and for my brother and me.
| 2:31 am on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Asteroids was an addiction.
| 9:22 pm on Dec 6, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Here is the orginal commercial for the orignal pong game.
Show this to your children, while reminiscing about walking five miles to school each day in a blinding snowstorm, uphill both ways.
| 6:50 pm on Dec 13, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I wish I could get back the hours I spent on Pong. My parents had a table version that they got from a restaurant supply house. I got pretty good at putting spin on the ball.
I probably could have retired by now if I would have studied instead of playing pong.
| 10:13 pm on Dec 13, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|table version that they got from a restaurant supply house |
...any old fart BBS sysops here remember when Wayne Gregori recycled some of those coin-operated Pong tables into "RJ-11 Tables"?
In the early 90's, Wayne added modems and terminal software to the tables and put them in San Francisco area coffee-houses to give patrons coin-op dial-up access to SF NET, (his BBS).
Side note: I'm getting more and more impressed with Wikipedia. The amount of info is getting deep -- they even have an article about Wayne and the tables: [en.wikipedia.org...]