Pong turns 40

“Insert pong-40th-top630quarter. Avoid missing ball for high score.”

That was the extent of the instructions for Pong, the first video game blockbuster.

Pong wasn’t the very first video game, by any means (that honor arguably goes to 1947’s “Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device”), but it was absolutely the first commercially successful one and remains of one the industry’s most iconic titles. Released on November 29th, 1972, it turns The Big Four-Oh today.

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Happy 35th, Atari 2600!

While Atari first burst onto the video game scene in 1972 with Pong, for many gamers, the company’s lasting legacy will always be the Atari 2600.

October 14 marks the 35th birthday of the legendary game console, which landed with a bang in 1977. It wasn’t the first home video game system — that honor belongs to the Magnavox Odyssey — but it quickly became the most widely adopted and set the standard for many, many years.

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Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs

Every entrepreneur who breaks away from the pack deals with doubts and setbacks. And every company that succeeds has to tweak its business plan along the way — sometimes completely reversing course.

While there’s no single secret to success, a big key in attaining it is knowing exactly when to pivot. And successful entrepreneurs recognize these “ah ha!” moments when they encounter them.

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Happy 40th birthday, Atari!

Before Halo, before Call of Duty — heck, even before Mario — there was Atari.

While the video game itself might have been invented before Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney decided to start the company, it was Atari that effectively launched the video game industry. And it was on this date 40 years ago that Atari began its march toward history.

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Happy birthday, Chuck E. Cheese

Most mice only live a few months. But Chuck E. Cheese’s turns 35 today.

The kid-friendly restaurant chain was launched this day in 1977, bringing its curious blend of animatronic rodents, arcade games, Skee-ball and pizza to millions. It’s faced more than a few hurdles over the years, but it’s still going strong, with over 500 stores around the world and quarterly revenues of nearly $200 million.

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Atari founder predicts neural-implant gaming

Nolan Bushnell is a man with big ideas.

In 1972, he founded Atari, laying the foundation for the video game industry we know today. Five years later, he bought a pizza chain from Warner Communications and built it into Chuck E. Cheese.

Now, the serial entrepreneur and tech visionary says mind control could be the next big step for video games.

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Atari founder returns to his roots

Nolan Bushnell, the man who founded Atari in 1972 and was booted from it six years later, is back again. Atari has named Bushnell to its board of directors and said it hopes to lean on him to help with the company’s future planning.

It’s a move that might bring a smile to gaming historians, but could once again raise questions about the company’s future. Bushnell, while unquestionably a visionary in the video game space, has not been a major part of the mainstream gaming world for years. And his appointment comes as two well-respected industry veterans sever their ties with the company.

Read more at Variety’s The Cut Scene blog