November 1972, Andy Capps’ Pub, Sunnyvale, Californië. Visitors wonder what the weird sounds are that are coming from a table not previously there. At the end of the evening everyone has played a round of Pong. The next day there's a line in front of Andy Capps'. The table consisted of a black 'n white television set, the coin system from coin operated laundromats, and a milk carton that had been cut open (to catch the coins); it was an instant hit.
After seeing Magnavox Odyssey (the first console you could connect to your TV), Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, running a then very young Atari, instructed their engineer Al Alcorn to program a tennis game.