questionswhen did you start playing pong?

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in all honesty about 36 or 37 years ago

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40 years ago. Bought one of the first.

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I was probably six or so (1981ish). My grandfather loved to tinker with things. He would pull things out of trash piles or buy them cheap at garage sales and fix them up. He found an old Pong like machine that hooked up to a TV. It had four different variants of the game. Basically just different paddle configurations. My sister, our friends and I played that a lot until we got an Atari 2600 for Christmas not long after. It was fun for us kids and a good introduction to home video games.

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I honestly don't remember, but it was definitely <40 years ago.... I would guess 38 or 39.

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It was probably 1984 or 85. I had to type the code in from one of those program books - after translating it into the proper flavor of BASIC for the TRS-80 at school.