Atari’s Pong “was officially released November 29, 1972, and was available for home gamers to purchase two years later,” Caitlin Mcgarry reports for PC World.

“Pong started the one game per quarter arcade standard that became widespread throughout the 1970s and 80s. Prior to Pong, games were three plays per quarter. At the peak of the games arcade dominance, more than 150,000 coin-operated Pong games were in circulation,” Mcgarry reports. “Pong catapulted Atari to success, and the company released its classic 2600 gaming system five years after Pongs debut. The rest is video game history.”

Mcgarry reports, “To celebrate the games anniversary, Atari on Thursday released a free iOS version of Pong called Pong®World for a new generation of gamers [iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iPad mini]. The app is a little more advanced than the 1972 version, with different settings and paddle upgrades, but the concept is the same. Atari chose indie game designer zGames as the winner in its Pong app contest.”

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Get the free app via Apple’s iTunes App Store here: Pong®World