First came across the game in our local watering hole, where we had stopped for a refreshment after work. It was mounted in a low round table so we could sit in comfort, sip our drinks and gaze down into the Pong-y depths. After the first few rounds, someone noticed that the cash box had been removed, allowing one quarter to be circulated through, ad infinitum.
Don't know how many games I played, but it was easily in the hundreds. Got kicked out after last call at 2:00 a.m. Went back a few days later - the cash box was back in and the line up was several people deep.
The Magnavox Pong was just tossed on top of the trash in a barrel. After getting striped down and the paddles (controller) on seperate boxes, adapted to work with an oscilloscope instead of a TV. (No TV's allowed in work spaces on US Navy warships). Talk about a small screen. 1970.
...guys mentioned in the article at Ampex Corporation in Sunnyvale, CA during this time. One day, Nolan told me of their intentions of starting Atari and asked if I might be interested in joining them. My response was, "Nolan, who the hell would ever play a video game?" I have been kicking myself ever since, needless to say!
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