While it technically may not have been the first game, Pong was definitely the first to achieve widespread success. It also helped establish Atari as an early player in the gaming market and perhaps even helped to shape history; without the success of Pong, one wonders if Atari would have been able to hire a young engineer named Steve Jobs.
Oddly, the target market for Pong was not the bored suburban teenager that made up the traditional arcade market. The game was originally pitched to owners of bars and pubs as an activity for customers when the dart board or billiard tables were occupied.
The game became so big that it eventually broke out into the larger market and helped establish the video arcade as a lucrative venture.
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