Category Archives: SPORTS

Atari’s Pong is Released

November 29,1972

Pong, one of the earliest arcade video games, is released by Atari. The first prototype has been installed at Andy Capp’s Tavern, consistently earning four times more revenue than other coin-operated machines, around US$35–40 per day. Patrons come to the bar, lining up around the corner before opening, just to play Pong. Atari uses this prototype’s success to attract investment and begins to manufacture the game consoles, releasing the game on November 29, 1972. During the 1975 Christmas season, Atari releases a home version of Pong exclusively through Sears retail stores. The commercial success of Pong will revolutionize the arcade industry and launch the modern video game era.

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Nintendo Is Founded

September 23, 1889

Nintendo Koppai is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market handmade playing cards in Kyoto, Japan. In recognition of its card-playing roots, the name “Nintendo” means “leave luck to heaven.”

By 1963, the company has tried several small niche businesses, such as a cab company and a “love hotel.” In the 1980s, Nintendo is developed into a video game company with a market value of over US$85 billion, becoming one of the most influential in the industry and Japan’s third most valuable listed company.

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