Tabletop Pong - 92

Question: What the heck is PONG supposed to be?


When you're playing it, it feels like the video game representation of some real-life sport. You're bouncing a ball back and forth with another player, which at first glance sounds a lot like like table tennis, AKA ping pong-- and that would seem to explain the name. And yet, PONG is two-dimensional and free of gravity. The ball goes in a straight line, at a fairly constant rate of travel. And you don't play ping pong by rotating a wheel. Come to think of it, it's not a darned thing like ping pong. So what the heck is it?


To answer this, we built this real-life Tabletop Pong game. You can read more about this project here

Craig Marston, EJ Posselius, and b0jan faved this
  • Craig Marston 5y

    That is both mad and brilliant!!
  • Niels Heidenreich 5y

    Do you know about this great project from about 5 years ago? It's a pong machine that uses only relay switches for its electronics, as a hommage to Konrad Zuse.
  • Niels Heidenreich 5y

    … and it's entirely mechanical. The screen is made from two panes of glass, on/under/between which white plastic objects are moved (mechanically) to created the display.
  • Windell Oskay 5y

    @schoschie: Yes, that's an awesome project-- if you click through to read the main article, we discuss it directly.
  • ogk2009 5y

    It's interesting!
  • Niels Heidenreich 5y

    Ah great. Of course it makes perfect sense that you should have known about it. I like these kinds of things. I really do.
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