The history of video games is a very interesting domain field with trials and innovations. Strongly connected with the innovations from the IT domain and the specifics of the american society, the video games would soon become an integral part of modern civilization. One of the earliest arcade video games and the first sports arcade video game that reached mainstream popularity is Pong, a simple yet innovative concept. Created as a way to introduce a simple game that could be easily used, the video game gain huge popularity and notoriety.
The game was released in 1972 and manufactured by Atari Incorporated (Atari). Created by Allan Alcorn as a training exercise assigned to him by Nolan Bushnell, the game soon became a success. Initially conceived as a car driving game, the idea became more challenging for its time. So Alcorn was assigned to create a version of the ping-pong game instead. Pong would became an instant success that would revolutionize the arcade industry and launch the modern video game era.
The design and concept of the game were very simple. The aim was to defeat an opponent in a simulated table-tennis game by earning a higher score. Pong quickly became popular so that many companies began producing games that copied the idea behind the original Pong game. As a result, Atari started to produce more innovative games and to add new features to the original gameplay. The game was succeeded by several sequels and also lead to the invention of the first home console, the Magnavox Odyssey.
All this facts ascertain to the idea that Pong was one of the most important game ever released. The concept behind it and the continuous innovations lead to a commercial success that was unprecedented and also to the establishment of the video game industry.