FROM JASON’S GAPING MAW OF ADMIRATION — It seems crazy, but people who study the Earth’s ancient past — historiticians, we call them — have discovered that once upon a time there were no vidjagames.
It was a dark and unenlightened time. We can only tell from fossil remains how primitive Man survived with flint and twigs, herding the wild mammoths and fending off sabre-toothed tigers. Yes, the 1960s were a dangerous era, and pastologists continue to puzzle out how Cro-Nixon man weathered Nature’s harsh kill-or-be-killed contest.
Then Ralph Baer emerged to give his tribe the greatest invention since fire: Pong.
This documentary shows Baer’s story: How a veteran dreamed of using vacuum tubes and laughable “micro”chips to make the world’s simplest electronic game in 1972.
Step 1: Insert quarter.
Step 2: Ball will serve automatically.
Step 3: Avoid missing ball for high score.