How Pong Kicked Off The Video Game Craze In 1972

By Rebeka Knott
A mid-'70s advertisement for a Pong console. Source: flashbak.com

Thanks to Atari and Pong, video games are a pillar of the entertainment industry today. In 1972, Atari released a simple game based on ping pong, packaged in an upright cabinet suitable for bars and arcades, and it became a bona fide craze. Though the idea of computer games had been percolating for several years, it was Pong that made this abstract idea a reality, and made Atari, all of a sudden, the leader in an industry that would explode in the years ahead.