There’s something about the simplicity of a Pong game that keeps your eyes glued on that near-empty screen. The three essential parts of the game: two ‘bats’ and the two-dimensional white ball going back and forth on the screen are almost zen-like in nature. Some people think it brings out creativity. Others just look at it as a virtual version of tennis. Whatever the case may be, Pong has become one of the most popular arcade classics around the world, and is played best in its natural black and white version. If you thought the addictive game of pong couldn’t get any better, you haven’t tried your hand at the latest option with this much-loved classic. Pong in laser form.
Pong laser is the contemporary version of the on-screen rendition, allowing Pong fanatics the option to just pick up the Pong handheld bats, and set up a Pong board anywhere they please. Think blackboards, whiteboards, the wall in the back yard, or a bare wall in the living room. Any wall space that gives the players enough room works as the game board; the red laser ball is ricocheted between the two paddles using a specially programmed microprocessor system.
Need a stress break from the office? Or how about a quick competition when the neighbors are over? ‘Wall of Pong’ can be played on any wall or flat surface; the paddles are embedded with light sensors that detect when and where the ‘ball’ has been hit. You can set up your own Pong Challenge with a ‘live’ audience! Pong Challenge, anyone?
The Pong Laser game system was developed by two students at Cornell University; thanks to the Microcontroller Design course, this classic game has been turned into a contemporary version that’s perfect for travelers, kids, or kids at heart at the office. According to the presentation of the game from the Cornell students, the entire system is made of three simple parts: a laser project platform, the microcontroller, and the hand held paddles. The total cost for the students to pull this together was only $48.66.
While hacked gadgets and do-it-yourself projects are on the rise, we can look forward to many renditions of arcades, classic games and puzzles, and fresh takes on the norm. From Tetris to Pac Man, programmers are developing new ways to enjoy the same old game in a new form. Nintendo Wii introduced a fresh concept in the U.S. in late 2006, encouraging game enthusiasts to take part in gaming in a completely new format. Still, simple games such as Pong are making a comeback; in portable form!