Celebrate 45 Years Of Atari’s ‘Pong’

pong table
Courtesy of Atari

Calinfer Inc.’s all-mechanical Pong table goes on sale early in 2018.

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the seminal Pong tennis video game release in 1972 from Atari, and of course, there’s merchandise to celebrate with.

The Atari Table Pong Project, an all-mechanical version of Pong built into a coffee table (see photo above) goes on sale in the first quarter of 2018 after a successful Kickstarter campaign by maker Calinfer Inc.

It uses motors, rails, pulleys and magnets to reproduce the digital game physically — but still includes a large digital clock and USB charging ports as a nod to modern needs. It can be yours for a mere $1,690, according to the Kickstarter page.

If that’s a little large for your tastes, there’s a flood of licensed Pong products hitting the market, "ranging from Flashback game systems, toys and collectibles, to apparel, housewares and accessories," according to their press release. For an example, see the commemorative Atari Pong speaker hat, which builds in speakers with a baseball/snapback style hat and the Pong logo for $129.

Pong's 45th birthday
Atari

Happy birthday, Pong!

 

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pong table
Courtesy of Atari

Calinfer Inc.’s all-mechanical Pong table goes on sale early in 2018.

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the seminal Pong tennis video game release in 1972 from Atari, and of course, there’s merchandise to celebrate with.

The Atari Table Pong Project, an all-mechanical version of Pong built into a coffee table (see photo above) goes on sale in the first quarter of 2018 after a successful Kickstarter campaign by maker Calinfer Inc.

It uses motors, rails, pulleys and magnets to reproduce the digital game physically — but still includes a large digital clock and USB charging ports as a nod to modern needs. It can be yours for a mere $1,690, according to the Kickstarter page.

If that’s a little large for your tastes, there’s a flood of licensed Pong products hitting the market, “ranging from Flashback game systems, toys and collectibles, to apparel, housewares and accessories,” according to their press release. For an example, see the commemorative Atari Pong speaker hat, which builds in speakers with a baseball/snapback style hat and the Pong logo for $129.

Pong's 45th birthday
Atari

Happy birthday, Pong!



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