On this day in 1972, 44 years ago, Atari released Pong. This became the first commercially successful video game. So began the age of the video game.
I remember the excitement the Christmas when it arrived in our house. Connecting the ‘computer’ to the black and white TV and entering a whole new world. All you could do was move your paddle up, or move it down. Instant hit.
Atari was ruined by a combination of events including insider trading and the 1983 video game crash. It closed its doors in 1984. There were many ‘experts’ who predicted this was the end of the road for the video game. LOL
Then the Japanese Nintendo Entertainment System launched in the USA in 1985. Among the 17 games in the initial launch was one called by the preposterous name “Super Mario Bros.” Game over!
And now a poem that has absolutely nothing to do with the above:
Not the Executioner: by Halfdan Rasmussen
Not the executioner will scare me
Nor the body’s final fall
Not the barrels of death’s rifles
Nor the shadows on the wall
Not the night when to the ground
The last dim star of pain, is held
But the blind indifference
Of a merciless unfeeling world