Pong. A Compendium.

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Ralph Baer and Bill Harrison Play Ping-Pong Video Game, 1969

Forty years ago today, the first video game on a television set was played by these two men. Two years later, they would be recorded demonstrating their famous Ping-Pong game on the "brown box" console, which later became the basis of Atari's Pong. 

The History Of Pong

The Arcade Original Pong

PING - augmented pixel

Full article here: http://www.creativeapplications.net/games/ping-augmented-pixel-tutorials-games/

Video Game Arcade Flyer Collection | Retro, Character, Computer

I'm almost giddy at finding this AMAZING Arcade Flyer Archive http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=home

I've been going through the site for a couple of nights and have only been through a fraction of it's content, phew it's dense...but I can look at this stuff until I drop, and it's a pleasure to drop after a night of these graphics. Here's the first post, which is a mix of retro go-faster game & sports styles, cute and character based styles and then photographic people, robots & typographic flyers. The Space based collection follows in the next post...

Retro Games & Sports

Cutesy & Character

People, Robots & Type

"The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA) is a digital repository for advertisement flyers that are used by the coin-operated amusement industry to promote the sales of its games. Over time flyers represent much more than a marketing brochure. They capture a unique blend of the industry's history, graphic design trends and advertising campaigns. Most importantly, they bring out the nostalgia of countless people who have grown up with the culture of video games, pinball machines and arcade games. Unique cabinet designs, attractive artwork and real screen shots -- all of which represent the visual language of coin-operated games, make flyers sought after items for collectors and effective tools for restoring games to their original factory specifications." Source: the 'About Us' section of the archive site

Play Arcade Classic BURGERTIME now!

"While making burgers, Peter Pepper must deal with three enemies: Mr. Hot Dog, Mr. Pickle, and Mr. Egg."
And so it begins, one of the most addictive arcade games ever in my opinion...I don't know how many hours I've given over to this game. Each new game starts with the same hope, maybe this time I'll get past level 4, maybe this time I'll accrue so much defensive pepper that those pesky pickles won't get me (oh, and don't get me started on that evil egg!!!). Anyway, I thought I'd share the love with you when I discovered I could embed the Flash game emulator by Robb Briggs into this blog page - oh joy! Also, check out these flyers and screens I've found of a few versions of the game.

Here's the stats from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BurgerTime 

Developer(s) Data East
Publisher(s) Data East
Bally Midway
Platform(s) ArcadeIntellivisionColecoVisionNESAtari2600 & 7800
Release date(s) 1982
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright, cocktail
Display Raster, 19 monitor

The world record high score on BurgerTime, according to Twin Galaxies is 11,512,500 points, played by Bryan L. Wagner of Turbotville, Pennsylvania on September 19, 2008 at the Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire.

A full on love for the game, with flyers and wallpapers: http://www.classicgaming.cc/classics/burgertime/index.php
Info about Burgertime from the Data East publisher site: http://dataeastgames.com/?tag=burgertime-deluxe
Info on all platform versions: http://www.gamesdbase.com/game.aspx?mame=btime

Soviet Arcade Games & Posters

Wow, these posters definitely don't look European, Japanese or American - they have an aesthetic that I can't quite describe - Russia influenced by Atari with a pinch of grubby 'Look around You' & middle of the night 1980's Open University. Seriously cool me thinks. Found from this great article http://adangerousbusiness.com/2010/01/05/the-museum-of-soviet-video-games/

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines site - http://www.15kop.ru/en/

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines Flickr Shots http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_dangerous_business/sets/72157622871645087/with...

Wired article http://www.wired.com/gaming/hardware/news/2007/06/soviet_games

From the late '70s to the early '90s, Soviet military factories produced some 70 different video game models. Based largely (and crudely) on early Japanese designs, the games were distributed -- in the words of one military manual -- for the purposes of "entertainment and active leisure, as well as the development of visual-estimation abilities." Production of the games ceased with the collapse of communism, and as Nintendo consoles and PCs flooded the former Soviet states, the old arcade games were either destroyed or disappeared into warehouses and basements. It was mostly out of nostalgia that four friends at Moscow State Technical University began scouring the country to rescue these old games. So far they have located 32 of them and are doing their best to bring them back to life.   

Towerblock Arcade Light Show Party | Poland

This is wicked, full of bitmapped-pixel-arcade goodness...by a group of Polish students at Wroclaw University of Technology http://www.pwr.wroc.pl/index.dhtml, mmmm.

See the tribute to Michael Jackson clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXYCDZlQn7A&feature=related

Also see the original Blinkenlights project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYEBB-0CSiw&feature=player_embedded#!

Art Of The Arcade / #retro

This blog has some excellent artwork, well worth a look...

"In 2007 Sotheby’s New York auctioned off Atari’s artwork archive. The lot was expected to fetch USD$150,000 - $250,000. The auction included an extensive archive of original marketing materials from the “Golden Age” of Atari, ca. 1981 to 1983, comprising of more than 2,000 items of widely varying sizes and formats, including color separations, box designs, manuals and approximately 135 large files of graphic materials."