On 29th of November 1972, PONG, the first commercially successful video arcade game was launched to the public.
Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, introduced the world to the table tennis like game in Andy Capp’s Tavern, Sunnyvale, California.
Today video games of increasing complexity, amazing art work and superb music tracks are part of every day life. In the late 1970s, however, every pub had at least one arcade game in it, surrounded by groups of (mainly) young men.
Blimey! I remember – 1974 – one of these arriving in the Union Bar at Uni. and, as you say, it was constantly surrounded by a cluster of young men. It took over from table football – for a while.
As I’m non-competitive, I didn’t see the appeal – but it kept them occupied!
And this article, reminded me of this….