Compared with the revolution it would spark, Pong’s first appearance in Popular Science was somewhat lackluster. William Hawkins (who would go on to write many, many articles about video games for PopSci) says the sounds are a “fun gimmick” for both children and adults. The $99.95 game even keeps the score right on the screen.
In an eerie foreshadowing of generations of screen-addicted gamers, Hawkins writes: “If you think this is one of those novelties that everyone will shortly get tired of, you may be right. But I’ve been challenging visitors to TV tennis for a month now and haven’t worked up an apathy – or a sweat – yet.”
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