The Pong DelusionTHE PONG DELUSION
1972 was a busy year for video games in America. The Odyssey launched in May and in June, Bushnell and Dabney started their own company which would release its first console in November of that year. The name of their company? Atari.
Pop quiz time. What was the first video game? And dont say Pong. The answer then? Well as with all historical analysis it depends on how pedantic you are. In 1947 Thomas T Goldsmith Jr. (whose father was obviously an unimaginative mong) and Estle Ray Mann created a game (sans a title from what I can find) which essentially revolved around shooting missiles. Inspired by radar screens of the time, the game was played using cathode ray tubes and may qualify as the first ever video game but for the fact that it did not send a video signal anywhere. The first computer game, then.
Four years later a gentleman named Ralph Baer was charged by his boss at Loral to make the best television set in the