Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
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What Pong Was

"For those youngsters unfamiliar with it, Pong was a rudimentary video game that seemed nothing short of miraculous when it first appeared in the mid-'70s. It consisted of two cursors meant to simulate players' table tennis rackets. An electronic ball (though my recollection is that it more closely resembled a puck) traveled between them, careening off in unexpected directions when struck. The challenge was to avoid letting the ball get by you."

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Myrtle (#9,838)

I've read that people, when first confronted with automatic windshield wipers, thought someone hidden was controlling the motion. When a friend told me her family had a game that was played on their television, my reaction was similar.

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