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Pong (1972) review
Exceptional
by Jon Jarocki

It probably goes without saying that the most popular video game genre is the sports game. Games like Madden or NBA 2K sell millions every single year. Yet when it comes down to it, what does it mean to make a sports game. Obviously the simulation of the sport in question is paramount, one has to feel like they are playing the game. However, how much detail do you need to create that simulation. What if you can make a sports game that is as simple as possible. And that is the beauty of Pong. Two lines, one square, a simple score layout, and a minor bit of electronic sound to register hits and scores. And yet, it does feel like you’re playing table tennis. Now one could argue it’s dated, one could pull up that it was a ripoff of something Maganox did, but the fact remains that Pong has lasted the ages and…it is possible, that without Pong…video games wouldn’t be what they are now
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Time-tested»
«Underrated»
«Beaten more than once»

Other reviews2

9/10 - It's Pong.
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»