Video games

Atari

Atari

Californian Nolan Bushnell created a game called Pong in 1971. The following year -  with $250 of his own money and a matching investment from partner Ted Dabney -  Bushnell created Pong's parent company. He called it Atari, a term used in the Japanese strategy game GO to politely warn an opponent that he is about to(...)

Breakout

Designed by future Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs (though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly did the bulk of the work), Breakout turned the video game world on its ear and cemented Atari’s spot at the top of the arcade game food chain. It had been four years since the groundbreaking Pong, and players were hungry(...)

Intellivision

It was an Atari world back in the late 70s and early 80s, but Mattel’s Intellivison staged a pretty good coup. The Atari VCS (aka the 2600) was the untouchable juggernaut of the home video game world, with hundreds of titles under its championship belt, but Intellivision banked on an old truth: Make it better, and the(...)

Odyssey

Odyssey

Before there was Atari, before there was even Pong, there was the Odyssey. We take it for granted now, of course, but try to remember there was once a time when nobody even thought about playing games on a home television screen. Computer labs had been buzzing with prototype video games since the 1960s, but(...)

Pong

Pong

The first successful computer game was a video version of ping-pong, whose "ball" was a blip that bounced back and forth on screen between two paddles. The 'paddles' were moved up and down by two knobs on the console, which was designed to be plugged into an ordinary TV set. Those who tired of Pong(...)

Video Games

Video Games

Encouraged by the success of Atari, other companies tried dipping their joysticks into the home video game market in 1976. Coleco introduced Telstar Pong, while the Fairchild Camera and Instrument Company weighed in with the Fairchild Channel F; the first programmable home game console, it came with large cartridges that could be inserted in order to(...)