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'Pong' Turns 40, But It's Not the Oldest Video Game

By Mark Milian and Marcus Chan - 2012-11-16T01:14:36Z

Photograph by Brookhaven National Laboratory

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"Tennis for Two" (1958)

How do you liven up a national laboratory? Nuclear physicist William Higinbotham's answer: "Tennis for Two." The electronic game was introduced during a visitors' day at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. The game allowed two players with controllers to serve and volley a brightly lit dot on an oscilloscope screen. It was a hit, according to the lab, with hundreds of visitors lined up to play. Higinbotham's fun invention stands in stark contrast to his previous endeavor: the Manhattan Project, which led to the first atomic bomb.