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

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

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Magnavox Odyssey (August 1972)

The world's first commercially available home video game console came with paddle controls and a slot for swapping out a printed circuit board that unlocked different games on the system. Ralph Baer, the system's designer, later went on to create Mattel's classic electronic game "Simon" in 1978.

Magnavox would later sue Atari for patent infringement over "Pong," claiming the company got the idea from a game on the Odyssey. The case was settled out of court.

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