PONG is a video game released originally as an arcade coin-op by Atari Inc. on November 29 1972. PONG is based on the sport of table tennis, and named after the sound generated by the circuitry when the ball is hit. Atari's PONG is spelled in capital letters and is a registered trademark of Atari Interactive, while the spelling Pong is used to describe the entire genre of "bat and ball" video games. Although PONG is often regarded as the world's first video arcade game, Computer Space had been launched a year earlier in 1971. PONG was the first video game to achieve widespread popularity in both arcade and home console versions, and launched the initial boom in the video game industry.
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