Google's AI Is Now Insanely Good at Playing Space Invaders 

Since Google acquired the artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $628 million last year, it's put the software to hard work...playing Atari 2600 video games. But no really, learning how to play 49 different Atari games showcases the promises—and the weaknesses—of DeepMind's software. » 2/25/15 3:20pm 2/25/15 3:20pm

These Traffic Lights Let You Play Pong With Random Strangers

Two years ago, three German design students set out to solve the most first-world problem that ever was: what to do when waiting to cross the street. Their solution? A system that lets you play Pong with pedestrians on the other side of the street. A few years and one re-branding later, their system is bettering… » 12/06/14 3:00pm 12/06/14 3:00pm

This visualization of server traffic is like the coolest game of Pong

Taiga is "a free project management platform for startups, developers, and designers." After being mentioned by Hacker News their servers got blasted with traffic, which they turned into this cool visualization that it like a game of Pong played by a zillion players against one computer. » 10/01/14 11:46pm 10/01/14 11:46pm

Pong Was Never Intended For Public Release

Today I found out "Pong" was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn't intended to be released as a consumer product. » 7/23/14 12:20pm 7/23/14 12:20pm

Pong Played with Two Smart Cars, But What About Grand Theft Auto?

In a publicity stunt to demonstrate just how quickly an electric car can accelerate, Smart created this unique test drive where a couple of electric Fortwos were used as controllers in a giant game of Pong. » 4/18/12 2:40pm 4/18/12 2:40pm

Play Pong Using Your iPhone, and Just Try Not to Be Brainwashed By…

Loathe them all you like (except when it's midnight; you've had a few drinks, and have 20 minutes to kill before your bus comes), McDonalds has done good with this billboard that lets iPhone users play Pong. It's that simple. » 6/06/11 7:20am 6/06/11 7:20am

These Tools Help Firefighters Start Fires

Firefighters have the coolest job. They get to play with fire each day and don't get in any trouble for doing so. Of all the firefighting jobs out there, the position of burn boss is by far the best. » 5/31/11 11:20pm 5/31/11 11:20pm

Jupiter And Saturn Played Pong With Uranus

New simulations suggest that Jupiter and Saturn may have played a bit of planet Pong with Uranus. That is, Uranus got in Saturn's orbit so it was tossed to Jupiter's orbit and then tossed back and forth until it finally settled. » 9/18/10 9:00pm 9/18/10 9:00pm

Pretty Much Every Video Game Console Ever

If there's a video game console or dedicated game machine not covered in this epic 23-minute walkthrough, I don't want to know about it. In fact, there are plenty here that I don't recognize. » 8/03/10 12:00am 8/03/10 12:00am

Ping Pong Paddle Shows a Ping When You Pong

Ping! Pong! These ping pong paddles have integrated LEDs that display PING or PONG in mid-air when a player hits the ball. It's like a futuristic version of those unforgettable Adam West Batman fight scenes. Kapow! » 7/21/10 8:40pm 7/21/10 8:40pm

Projected Pong Puts Some Interactive BleepBloop On Your Apartment Walls

Take an Arduino, accelerometer, and gyroscope-powered VR glove, some custom software, a projector and some funky interiors and you've got yourself the most futuristic game of Pong I've ever seen. Spoiler: the ball actually bounces off the stairs. » 7/20/10 11:20am 7/20/10 11:20am

Pixels on Fire

Two weeks, a lot of candles, plenty of patience, and some love for video games resulted in this incredible pixel-art animation. Watch it and the young pyromaniac in you will giggle. » 6/15/10 11:20pm 6/15/10 11:20pm

Space Pac Tetris Pong Man Invaders! The T-Shirt

I really like this t-shirt featuring a mashup of the most famous arcades of all time. I like it even more because a invisible shark is wearing it. [Threadless via Likecool] » 5/25/10 11:40pm 5/25/10 11:40pm

The Missing Link Between Pong and Breakout

Concrete Pong, a console made by Guus Oosterban by insulating a Pong clone console's guts into plastic, dropping it into a box, and pouring concrete all over it. [Guus Oosterbaan via Make] » 3/29/10 4:40pm 3/29/10 4:40pm

Table Top Pong Converts Electrons Into Shiny Reality

There are times in which a single technical development turns the world upside down, fast-forwarding humans to a new era. The wheel, the printer, the steam machine, the combustion engine, the plane, the transistor, and now, Table Top Pong. [EvilMadScientist] » 1/07/10 9:00am 1/07/10 9:00am

Pong Prom: When a Man and a Woman Play Body Pong in the Dark

The only thing geekier than slow dancing at arms length apart is Pong Prom. Covert Athletics' hoodies are embedded with arduino controlled LEDs that display a game of pong. The controller? Your dance partner's swaying hips, monitored by accelerometer. » 12/17/09 8:42pm 12/17/09 8:42pm

Electronic Games of 1979: Addictive, Exciting, Primitive as Hell

After the first Pong cabinet was placed in Andy Capp's Cavern in 1972, video games exploded, reaching their full stride by the late '70s. Here are some of the notable games/systems you played (or would have played) back then: » 7/13/09 3:20pm 7/13/09 3:20pm

Vintage Gaming Ties Futilely Subvert Corporate Authority

If a red tie is considered to exude power and authority at some business lunch, then an Asteroids tie must allude to nothing less than intergalactic domination. » 2/09/09 5:00pm 2/09/09 5:00pm

Autonomous Cyclops Robot Will School You At Pong Every Time

Using a cyclopean webcam mounted on a telescoping neck and two solenoid fingers, this robot will dutifully and adorably Pong you into oblivion. » 2/03/09 11:10am 2/03/09 11:10am