According to the BoingBoing post, “Atari didn’t have the patent on the technology and very quickly the vast majority in the machines eating quarters around the country were knock-offs. Of course, Pong itself was ‘inspired’ by an electronic ping pong game that was in the Magnavox Odyssey home system.” Check out BoingBoing’s cool gallery of Pong knockoffs called Sons of Pong, including this ad for the Elepong from video-game manufacturer Taito.
- Boston vs New York: Appraiser Leila Dunbar Talks Sports Memorabilia and Rivalries
- The Blues Rocker's New Secret Weapon? An Electric Cigar Box Guitar
- Cartoon Kittens and Big-Eyed Puppies: How We Bought Into Processed Pet Food
- Read My Rings: The Oldest Living Tree Tells All
- Are You Bold and Brassy Enough to Wear Vintage Napier Jewelry?
Top Articles on CW
- Kaboom! 10 Facts About Firecrackers That Will Blow You Away
- These People Love to Collect Radioactive Glass. Are They Nuts?
- It Came From the '70s: The Story of Your Grandma's Weird Couch
- Tarot Mythology: The Surprising Origins of the World's Most Misunderstood Cards
- Ian Macky Explains the Colors and History of Insulators
- Making, and Eating, the 1950s' Most Nauseating Jell-O Soaked Recipes
- Could Your Stuff Be Haunted? Ghostbusting the Creepiest Antiques
- Like a Fine Tobacco, the Pipe Smoking Revival Has Been a Slow Burn
- That Time the French Aristocracy Was Obsessed With Sexy Face Stickers
- How Collecting Opium Antiques Turned Me Into an Opium Addict