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The Dawn of Video Games: 1976

The Dawn of Video Games: 1976

My nephew David and Pong, December 25, 1976. Man, lookit them graphics! From my underexposed Kodachrome slide.

I'm a "today's kid" and I have to say...

...Pong can be pretty enthralling.

It's all relative

I wonder what today's kids would think of Pong?

The same thing our children's children will think of Wii.


The computer geek across the street

had pong and I babysat for his two girls when he and his wife went square dancing. I remember thinking how appropriate for them to 'square' dance... Anyway, I do remember spending hours messing with the game and finally getting it. It was mesmerizing. I also remember that their house was messy, they had modems everywhere and tons of Chex Mix....

Low-Tech Cool

Look how happy David is. I wonder what today's kids would think of Pong? That picture takes me back. We had a TV stand just like that one. I remember when we stopped using it, it was hung on the peg board in the garage. I knocked it down getting my bike out one day and it fell on the hood of my mom's car. Suprisingly, I didn't get into too much trouble over it.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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