1972 in Video Gaming
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1972 in Video Gaming

1972 saw the release of the first commercially successful video arcade game, Pong, and the first video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey.


  • Pong was the first commercially successful video arcade game. It was first displayed in a prototype cabinet in a bar, Andy Capp's Tavern.[1]
  • Following the poor sales of Computer Space, Nolan Bushnell leaves Nutting Associates to move his coin-op engineering and design firm with Ted Dabney in to a full-fledged company. When officially incorporating, Bushnell discovers that a roofing company had already been using their name (Syzygy). In its place, the new corporation is named "Atari".[2]
  • May 24 – Magnavox unveils the Magnavox Odyssey, the first video game console, at a Burlingame, California convention. Nutting Associates, manufacturer of Computer Space, sends Nolan Bushnell to observe the launch. Bushnell reports back that he found the device underwhelming, and expresses no concern over the competition.[2]

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  1. ^ Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost (2009). Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System. MIT Press. p. 9. ISBN 9780262261524. The first Pong unit was installed in Andy Capp's Tavern, a bar in Sunnyvale, California. ...
  2. ^ a b c d Herman, Leonard; et al. (2002). "The Games Begin 1971–1977". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 31, 2010. Retrieved 2006.
  3. ^ Jerz, Dennis G. (2002). "Hunt the Wumpus -- Gregory Yob (c. 1972)". Interactive Fiction — Foundational Works. Retrieved 2006.
  4. ^ "Conclusion". Game Design Workshop: Designing, Prototyping, and Playtesting Games. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2006.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Empire Classic homepage". Empire Classic website. Retrieved 2007.

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