The world of video games has come on leaps and bounds.  Never would I have thought that they would have advanced so much within my lifetime.  They have not always been as incredible as they are now though, but they've always been as addictive.  It was on November 29th, back in 1972 when the world’s first commercially successful video game was released. Pong, a table tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. It was one of the earliest arcade video games in history and helped to establish the video game industry. Interestingly, Pong was created as a training exercise assigned to a guy named Allan Alcorn by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell.
 
 
Soon after Pong’s release, several companies began producing games that copied Pong's gameplay. Eventually they released new types of games. Nowadays the video game industry is valued at around 100 billion dollars a year, and games are far more advanced than simple two-dimensional table tennis. Pong is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. due to its cultural impact.
 
 
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