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Atari Wants To Reinvent Pong

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the officially-out-of-ideas dept.

Classic Games (Games) 180

mikejuk writes "Atari is offering up to $100,000 in a contest for a new version of Pong, the classic game that launched video games 40 years ago, for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. The judges for the contest include Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, who came up with the original idea for Pong. So, what does a 21st century Pong look like? How does it play? And what role does touch have in this, the simplest of games?"

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o like plasma pong (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390899)

plasma pong...except atari had the creater take it down because of property rights

Re:o like plasma pong (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391047)

plasma pong...except atari had the creater take it down because of property rights

This one? http://download.cnet.com/Plasma-Pong/3000-2099_4-10511143.html [cnet.com]

Download the "Direct Dowanload Link" only - setup.exe is a MZP file but
won't uncompress so I didn't mess with it.

won't uncompress = exceeded the time I'm going to screw around with a file limit.

Re:o like plasma pong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391191)

Downloaded it about 5 seconds and it worked for me, even on windows 8.

Re:o like plasma pong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391099)

It's still available on download.com. I was talking to another app developer about this in the context of reinventing familiar games for tablets and smartphones and showed him plasma pong. I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers this!

Plasma Pong for mobile is exactly what this game needs. Fluid dynamics used to create all kinds of new strategies to beat the opponent. Interesting particle effects... the ability to supercharge the ball...

I'd enter this competition, but it just seems to me like a revamp of Plasma Pong should win.

Otherwise, some game of pong with a meme twist... like Nyan Cat being hit back and forth with some ridiculous techno playing in the background will probably win (sarcastic of course)

Re:o like plasma pong (4, Interesting)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391517)

plasma pong...except atari had the creater take it down because of property rights

There are doubtless countless clones, derivatives and clever variants of Pong. The fact that the current "Atari" (i.e. owners of the name/IP) will bless one as official probably makes little difference. It's common for such companies to produce numerous "official" sequels to famous arcade games over the years. Those are generally forgotten when they want to sell the *next* pointless update of the original.

It's like Space Invaders. That's a very simple game- you can tart it up or add gimmicks, but they're either going to end up as (a) Space Invaders with shiny graphics, bells and whistles that just exaggerate how simplistic the core game is or (b) something so modernised and far from the original that it's an "in name only".

The "truest" sequel would be a game that started from the same basic concept as Space Invaders, retaining what made it work, but moving it on and enhancing it, making the original look slightly staid in the process. But Namco basically did that (unofficially) already... 30 years ago with "Galaxian" and then "Galaga".

Tetris is probably *the* uber-example of a simple game that works well *because* of its simplicity and absolutely doesn't need bells or whistles- the game was probably perfected with the Game Boy version. However, that hasn't stopped them making countless official sequels and spinoffs that add nothing but gimmickry to justify the sale of a game we've already bought many times. I appreciate that Alexey Pajitnov got shafted on the rights early on, and probably wants to make some money from his creation, but it doesn't change the fact that it's all pointless.

Re:o like plasma pong (1)

Larryish (1215510) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391995)

Go ahead, punk.

Touch my Pong.

Hire Ralph Baer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390909)

Maybe they should try hiring Ralph Baer then.

Oh, oh, I know this one! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390911)

It needs to be first person, it needs to have blood, also needs to have dubstep music.

Oh, and don't forget DLC with new tennis balls and racket designs.

You can't deny it Atari, this is the only way to go.

Re:Oh, oh, I know this one! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390957)

You beat me to it; I was gonna say those things, but you forgot the romanceable same-sex companion balls. On the PC version, the mouse will not be used and all actions will be mapped to the spacebar. That, and make sure to require the player to have an always-on internet connection even during single-player.

Re:Oh, oh, I know this one! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391119)

and a TF2 item tie in.

Re:Oh, oh, I know this one! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391315)

Just have to wait for the Movie & Sequels! Can't wait to read the paperbacks either.

Re:Oh, oh, I know this one! (1)

rmstar (114746) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391645)

It needs to be first person, it needs to have blood, also needs to have dubstep music.

And bonus levels! Don't miss the pong faq [musenet.org] !

Re:Oh, oh, I know this one! (1)

lance_of_the_apes (2300548) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391903)

It's been done, minus the blood. Didn't sell. :P

Game play (4, Funny)

thoughtspace (1444717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390919)

You have to get a Government form completed. You bounce backwards and forwards between departments. The only difference is that you never get out and the game lasts forever.

Re:Game play (2)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391497)

and at the 7th level, Kafka says hi

Ms. Pong (5, Funny)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390925)

They should call it Ms. Pong, and it should be essentially the same game, except the ball has a ribbon in its hair.

Re:Ms. Pong (1)

thoughtspace (1444717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390979)

Oh, I thought you meant this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDu9gbuKpKc [youtube.com]

Re:Ms. Pong (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391325)

I still can't get over that Agent Smith and Elrond were in that movie.

Curveball (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390929)

already been done... http://www.addictinggames.com/sports-games/curveball.jsp

Air Hockey for iOS (2)

Alastair Cooper (1500967) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390931)

Try Air Hockey for iOS (maybe other platforms as well - I don't know). I'd imagine something with the Pong brand would do pretty well though.

Huh (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390935)

Didn't they already do a kind of modernized pong.

I actually remember it not being too bad. Remember playing it on the playstation (back when I actually liked Sony as a company). Had powerups and a 3D camera system that was actually pretty impressive for it's time. Was a good party game.

What's in a name? (5, Interesting)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390937)

Apparently everything, as it turns out. Atari is nothing but a name, bought and sold like something found at Best Buy, and now brandished by a company with no resemblance or heritage to the company that defined the name.

Re:What's in a name? (1)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391003)

Apparently everything, as it turns out. Atari is nothing but a name, bought and sold like something found at Best Buy, and now brandished by a company with no resemblance or heritage to the company that defined the name.

There seems to be some respect for its heritage. From the summary: "The judges for the contest include Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, who came up with the original idea for Pong."

To be fair, even if never sold companies change over time. Apple run by founder Steve Jobs in 2010 was quite different than Apple in 1980.

Re:What's in a name? (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391117)

It's now a company in another country so far away that it's across an ocean and with employees that speak a different language.

That is not only stupid, it's manipulative and misleading. Everyone might know that certain trademarks like 'Memorex' are a scam, but I doubt the same is true (yet) of this one.

Re:What's in a name? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391155)

The only reason Bushnell is involved is because they offered him a pile of cash. He's there to sell the trademark, nothing more. The Frenchies want people to think it's the same legendary company, but it's not even close.

Re:What's in a name? (5, Informative)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391263)

Apparently everything, as it turns out. Atari is nothing but a name, bought and sold like something found at Best Buy, and now brandished by a company with no resemblance or heritage to the company that defined the name.

Yep- the current "Atari" is really just the company formerly known as Infogrames, who bought the name from Hasbro Interactive around a decade back.

The original- and most famous- Atari Inc. was split in 1984. The computer and home division became Jack Tramiel's Atari Corp. (legally separate, but an obvious successor in interest) which fizzled out in the mid-90s and merged with a second-rate hard drive manufacturer that went bankrupt soon after. The arcade division (Atari Games) was sold to Midway who dropped the "Atari" name in the late 90s, and closed it altogether a few years later.

IMHO that's where anything resembling a true continuation of the original Atari ended.. Hasbro Interactive and Infogrames were/are connected in name and rights only, but obviously it serves Infogrames', er... *Atari's* retro-credibility better if they get to present themselves as the "classic" Atari and present Bushnell as- or at least imply that he was- their founder.

Maybe like ... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390941)

Arkanoid?

I see... (3, Funny)

Vlaix (2567607) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390951)

... a post-modern Pong, where two balls would throw a stick at each other.

Re:I see... (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391367)

I see something more along the lines of https://xkcd.com/117/ [xkcd.com]

Curveball. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390953)

It's a flash game that's been around for almost 10 years. It would port perfectly to the App Store.

http://www.newsandentertainment.com/zFcurveball.html

Paddles sustain damage (1)

MisterSquid (231834) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390959)

1. Have the ball transmit damage to a paddle on each successful return so that divots are taken out of each paddle. As each paddle becomes more fragmented, a player's ability to successfully return the ball decreases.

1a. Introduce a healing ball that appears at random intervals headed from the middle of the pong field toward the outside. Capturing this healer would restore some portion of sustained damage.

2. That's all I got for now.

Re:Paddles sustain damage (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391165)

1. Have the ball transmit damage to a paddle on each successful return...

That's a good start but no matter how you go about it
you'll end up with an advanced Breakout. http://www.play.vg/games/10-Breakout.html [www.play.vg]

Your healer ball being released when a certain brick is hit.

A two player Breakout might be the approach. longer playing
field with two paddles able to move around that field to hit the
"ball" into the bricks, any releases going to that hitter alone.

Alas, both ideas voided by the originality clause.

Never give them free ideas. This is a scam. (1)

elucido (870205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391213)

If they won't hire you as an employee why would you help them?

Instead of a contest for $100,000 why not offer employment? I know a programmer for Atari working on Pong will make $100,000 a year+. They want to get you to do all the hard work of designing the game so they can come along and give you $100,000 to steal it.

Know what your ideas are worth. They are cheap and this is a complete scam.

Re:Never give them free ideas. This is a scam. (1)

narcc (412956) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391529)

Know what your ideas are worth.

Assuming that the ideas are original, most peoples ideas are worth about $0.00 dollars, many even less than that.

Do you remember that old advice: never work with an idea man? There's a reason that still rings true today.

Re:Never give them free ideas. This is a scam. (1)

MisterSquid (231834) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391545)

If they won't hire you as an employee why would you help them?

Because I do not want to work for Atari but still think it'd be neat to see an idea of mine implemented. Also because I have lot and lots of ideas (except in this one case, heh), and giving this one away doesn't really matter to me.

Related article (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390961)

http://www.indiegamemag.com/slicing-the-industrys-atari-just-how-offensive-is-the-pong-indie-developer-challenge
No further comment. Just read it!

The good answer won't be forthcoming ... (5, Insightful)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390963)

Atari is offering up to $100,000 in a contest for a new version of Pong ... So, what does a 21st century Pong look like?

You realize that the people with the really good ideas are not going to answer your question given the prize money at stake? You are going to have to wait for the end of the contest to get your answer.

Re:The good answer won't be forthcoming ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391089)

The best people will come up with a reimagining of Pong, market it themselves and go on to be millionaires.
Why would they sell to Atari ? The only thing you have to get right is to make the new Pong almost pong like without infringing Atari's copyright. Then wait for the money to trickle in. Pong is like Tetris or Pacman. Evergreen games.

Re:The good answer won't be forthcoming ... (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391215)

On the other hand, success is not guaranteed, and this way at least they won't have to give $30,000 of their money to Apple.

Re:The good answer won't be forthcoming ... (2)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391937)

On the other hand, success is not guaranteed, and this way at least they won't have to give $30,000 of their money to Apple.

And on the gripping hand, getting to keep 70% of the retail price while spending nothing on an online store, downloads, credit card processing, etc is pretty amazing compared to previous distribution methods where a developer was lucky to see 10-15%. Apple actually greatly leveled the field for the small developer and provides them far more opportunity than anyone else.

It's called (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390975)

Wizorb and it's better than anything Atari has or will ever ever make.
www.wizorb.com

Ow the irony... (1)

CmdrEdem (2229572) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390981)

I did made a Pong "clone" 2-3 years ago. Got some new mechanics, online multiplayer support, achievements and six different scenarios (if you can believe that). Pretty much unpublished only for an early version that I put on a national contest. The catch is: I`m from Brazil so I can`t submit the damn game to Atari. It would be nice to have the visibility.

Re:Ow the irony... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391139)

I did made a Pong "clone" 2-3 years ago. Got some new mechanics, online multiplayer support, achievements and six different scenarios (if you can believe that). Pretty much unpublished only for an early version that I put on a national contest. The catch is: I`m from Brazil so I can`t submit the damn game to Atari. It would be nice to have the visibility.

Submit it to Nolan Bushnell.

Re:Ow the irony... (1)

PaddyM (45763) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391501)

You only need the lead "developer" to be in the US. If you know someone in the US already, you could have them submit it for you and pass the money to you; obvious logistics (tax considerations) and trust rules would apply.

MMOG PONG is an idea I had (1)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390983)

Everyone defends a section of an N sided polygon. N-1 Balls in play :) You only see the defensive wall of your side. Your score is how many you get by others - the ones that get past you. Totally non serious, but could be hilarious with 100 players and laddered stats.

Incoming That 70's show joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390993)

SMALLER PADDLES!

Re:Incoming That 70's show joke (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391147)

SMALLER PADDLES!

Viagra.

Isn't it obvious? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39390995)

The new pong must be played with an on-line opponent (much like tennis) and requiring a server subscription. You must buy expensive software rackets giving you an advantage, shoes, balls, etc. I thought the future of gaming was well established...

Why did they bother to ask?

AR (4, Interesting)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#39390997)

Augmented reality pong. There is no ball, but you and the other player swing your devices around madly whilst still trying to see the virtual ball superimposed on reality. Should result in many dropped or flung devices and a surge in replacement sales.

Re:AR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391589)

Nintendo got prior art on this one.

Especially on the last part.

Life size pong (2)

erice (13380) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391009)

Use the accelerometers such that the entire phone is your paddle.

Re:Life size pong (1)

aapold (753705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391603)

AT&T, Verizon and Sprint endorse this plan.








note warranty does not cover use of phone as paddle.

Great, but... (5, Interesting)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391025)

Eligibility:
"The contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columba, eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of their entry who have an Apple developer ID and have published a valid and proper Apple iTunes U.S. App Store game prior to the date of their entry...."

I was semi-excited there for a minute.

Re:Great, but... (2)

Krokus (88121) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391255)

I wonder what platform they're planning to target.

Re:Great, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39392047)

they spell it out very explicitly in the summary. reading comprehension for the win.

No, Sir ! (3, Insightful)

lbalbalba (526209) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391033)

Im not telling you my hot new Pong ideas, no way ! Well, im off to collect my $100,000, see ya !

Beer Pong (2)

microcars (708223) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391051)

That is what 21st Century Pong looks like.

Re:Beer Pong (1)

flargleblarg (685368) | more than 2 years ago | (#39392003)

LOL

Geometry Wars Pong! (1)

rykin (836525) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391149)

I imagine something like Geometry Wars. You have a grid with trippy graphics and a bunch of stuff flying around that you need to destroy, but also you must prevent your weapon (ball, rocket, ect) from leaving the grid with the paddles. You could even play it single player with an Xbox controller by allowing each thumbstick to operate a paddle.

Hah! (4, Insightful)

aarku (151823) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391159)

This is an insanely cheap way for them to get software developed for their brand. A straight $100k with no significant % of income is a rip off for the developer in this market. A good branded Pong app will make millions. A similar brand only gets about 20-25% of the sales. But I'm sure they'll get plenty of entries. Ah well, to be young and ignorant again.

Re:Hah! (5, Interesting)

kat_skan (5219) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391281)

What I really like is that the rules say that Atari becomes the owner of your entry. So if you don't win, you can't even throw your game on the app store and see it makes a few bucks there instead.

Without limiting the foregoing, each Eligible Entrant agrees that upon completion of each stage of production of his or her Entry until final completion of such Entry, such completed stage of production, all materials used in the production of such completed stage of production, the Entry, all derivatives thereof, Eligible Entrant's contributions thereto, and all right, title and interest pertaining thereto, including without limitation the copyright and renewals and extensions thereof, shall be entirely the property of Sponsor.

You'd have to be some kind of moron to enter this contest.

Re:Hah! (2)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391791)

They've restricted the contest to people who already have an Apple Developer ID, so they be used to this kind of abuse.

Re:Hah! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391597)

Seriously, anyone entering this should read the rules very carefully. First of all, it isn't a straight 100k. It's 50k with POTENTIAL for 100k depending on how well it sells. Also, they take all rights for anyone who even enters the contest. Why is that? That's because they aren't going to just sell a new Pong. They're selling a Pong Pak (c) according to the rules. So they're going to take all the entrants that are decent and create a PAK of Pong games and sell that for pure profit.

Oh, and bonus, the whole 50k to 100k revenue sharing part is minus any and all costs they can conjure up to defray it. So if the CEO flies to Jamaica for a week to "promote" the game, that's coming our of your pay check. Just an FYI.

This contest is bullshit pure and simple. It just ain't worth it.

This brings up my favorite memory from GDC '95 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391161)

At GDC in '95 Nolan Bushnell was recruiting for his company that made high end slot machines. I noticed an original cabinet pong machine on the table next to the slot machine and I started talking about it to the guy there. It turns out that it was Nolan Bushnell and he was there with the ORIGINAL, FIRST, HAND WIRED pong machine! It was running from a car battery on the floor. I challenged him to a game, which he accepted. He then kicked my ass at it.
And that's my favorite memory from GDC '95.

Nogginknockers 2 from Bloodlust Software (1)

tchi.keufte (1154325) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391167)

Nogginknockers 2 from Bloodlust Software has it all : The scenario, the characters, various super powers, lots of blood, weirdness and unsubtle humorous dialogues. Who could beat it ? Not being networked is even a feature here !

Misleading Title (5, Insightful)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391171)

"Atari Wants To Reinvent Pong" is incorrect. It should be:

"Foreign company that owns the Atari trademark wants someone else to reinvent Pong for them, because they blew it trying to reboot a few of Atari's classic titles themselves."

Re:Misleading Title (4, Interesting)

faedle (114018) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391205)

Doubly so considering Atari didn't invent Pong, they stole it from Magnavox [wikipedia.org] and the original developer Ralph Baer [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Misleading Title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391863)

Company wants to make new version of pong. But HEY lets bitch about the name atari...

Re:Misleading Title (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#39392131)

But HEY lets bitch about the people bitching about the name atari....

A nice way to steal our ideas and profit millions. (3, Insightful)

elucido (870205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391187)

I have had ideas for new versions of pong and for many games but I damn sure am not going to give my idea to Atari or any game company. Atari if you want my idea for pong hire me for $100,000 a year and I'll even help you code it.

Otherwise fuck off :)

a 21st century Pong (1)

Shavano (2541114) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391195)

Would be Wii Sports tennis game.

Or if they can make a kinnect responsive enough.

They already made that game (4, Informative)

SageinaRage (966293) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391199)

It's called Bit.Trip Beat and it's great.

I'm sort of fond of this indie variant.... (1)

Joe Decker (3806) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391201)

If I remember correctly, mode 3 is particularly, mmm, challenging.

http://www.glorioustrainwrecks.com/node/1979 [glorioustrainwrecks.com]

If you want new avenues for revenue, Atari... (1)

Krokus (88121) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391217)

Maybe you should be talking to Bally. Oh, wait, you already are [lasvegasvegas.com] .

LOL (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391233)

An original game that's fun to play is worth much more that $100,000. Even if it's a Pong remake.

Look at Tetris, that was a very original idea. You gonna be happy with $100,000 when the world goes ballistic over your idea.

Tennis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391279)

It is called tennis. Pong was limited by computers. Now we can play tennis while standing in our living room. You can even add blood and dub music.

newsflash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391297)

It looks like Wii tennis.

Sphere Breakout/Pong (1)

10101001 10101001 (732688) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391305)

Okay, probably been done before and somewhat off-topic, but how about sphere breakout? Ie, a central "core" piece with wedge pieces layered on top (think something like Tetrisphere) and a paddle a ways from the surface to bounce the ball off. Take away all the pieces and add a second paddle to make it 3D Pong. I assume a trackball would be a good controller.

Oh, and please reply if you know of any other games that could be done this way or have already been done this way. I know my idea isn't original and isn't worth $100,000. But, then, Pong wasn't really worth it either. It just happened to be the right program at the right time to cash in; but, then, that's the core point of it, not per se the game itself.

Shatter (2)

RanceJustice (2028040) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391397)

One of the best, recent pong/breakout/arkanoid style games I've seen as of recently is just as you describe - Shatter. www.shattergame.com and http://store.steampowered.com/app/20820/ [steampowered.com] for more info. It has many levels that spherical/circular in design, sometimes in different "stages" - stage one is against the "front hex" , stage 2 is the "back hex" stage 3 is inside the sphere against the "second-tier front hex and then third-tier front hex" followed by your ship going deeper inside until fighting the "core" in a boss fight.

radial pong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391327)

how about Radial Pong? I remember playing it about 10 years ago and it's still online.

Arkanoid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391333)

I GOT IT!

I'll call it...Arkanoid!!!

You can already buy it... (1)

Dekonega (1606763) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391383)

You can already buy next-gen pong. It's called "Reflec Beat" and is available from Konami.

Multi-player + augmented reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391393)

How about the players use the iPad itself as a paddle to hit the ball projected in augmented reality (bouncing on walls and other surfaces), one scoring a point when the ball hits another player!? This way you can have more than two players..

What does 21st century pong look like? (4, Funny)

guttentag (313541) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391445)

What does 21st century pong look like?

Imagine a man in an orange jumpsuit with black lettering that reads "enemy combatant." He's wandering around a cell at Guantanamo Bay, alternately bumping into a U.S. military judge, a civilian judge and an official from his home country, who keep shoving him back toward the others.

It's accurate, but not much fun.

Re:What does 21st century pong look like? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39392161)

Hey man, do you do parties?

Use the tablet as the paddle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391465)

Create a virtual 3D space and have the tablet be the paddle that hits the ball between two players within that space. You will physically have the move the tablet left/right/up/down and for more power push into the ball. Tilting the tablet would give you different angles to see the virtual space.

It already exists .......... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391467)

Coolest pong I've played in a while:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/pong

And this was done probably 5-6 years ago.

It has already been done, in a way - Shatter! (0)

RanceJustice (2028040) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391513)

Anyone interested, I urge you to take a look at and pick up "Shatter! ( www.shattergame.com ) and ( http://store.steampowered.com/app/20820/ [steampowered.com] ) for more info! It takes the pong/breakout game to one of its more in-depth levels I've seen to date. There are horizontal, vertical, and circular playing fields, multi-depth "stage progressions" that take you from the outer shell of a boss to its inner core, weapons and powerups, physics elements (ie destroy an anchor block and all the blocks connected to it will "fall", and you both have a "pull" and "push" ability that can draw in the ball, powerups, and dangerous blocks alike...or push them out to change the impact!), co-op multiplayer modes and mor!
I know it has come to critical acclaim with some indie-styled awards, but I don't know if it is "pong-enough" for this, as it tends more towards the "breakout - single player vision" than the one-on-one table tennis "VS pong". Still, an excellent example in the genre.

  For a retro throwback, I urge you to checkout "Wizorb" ( http://www.wizorb.com/ [wizorb.com] ) which approximates a later-generation NES title graphically, and mixes breakout style play with RPG elements as well! It even has native Linux clients available which you can pick up direct or from Desura (For those who don't know, Desura is an open digital distribution system that favors mods, indie, and alpha titles but also supports AAA games of course. They have a native Linux client, but of course not all games sold on the platform have native linux support, but many do)

Alright get this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39391617)

You've got pong right, well what's better than 1 pongs? TWO
Then you've got iphones and ipads and ipods that are all the rage these days, we've got to capitalize on that too.
So lets stick an "I" in one of the pongs.
Wait, i've got it...

PONG PING!

It's been done again and again (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391685)

Duh! Any modern tennis (or table tennis) video game is a modern Pong!

Ping (1)

wjcofkc (964165) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391691)

Maybe they could call it Ping. You bounce a packet back and fourth down tunnels that represent complex circuits. First your packet has to survive the route that you have a split second to pick, then the other player sends it back the same. The routes constantly change.

Atari? (2)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391709)

Don't you mean the people who bought the name/rights after the real Atari quietly disbanded and had its "brains" scatted among silicon valley, to be absorbed into the gray corporate goo? ( http://www.atarihq.com/othersec/dthomas/100496.html [atarihq.com] )

This is just another investment firm trying to profit off the past of others. Just say no.

Ya, i'm still resentful, even after all these years.

Minecraft pong! (1)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391745)

I just implemented a pong game in Minecraft.. 21st century = you implement games inside other game worlds.

Bullet Ball anyone? (1)

DSS11Q13 (1853164) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391955)

talk about an XXXXXTREME form of pong!!! http://www.inclusionsports.com/ [inclusionsports.com]

They already remade Pong on PS1 and it was great! (1)

Muerte2 (121747) | more than 2 years ago | (#39391959)

I didn't think it was possible, but they already made a great pong remake. It was on the PS1 and had a ton of different tables/variations. They ever had a four player (2 vs 2) coop option!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se5gYQ8wURQ [youtube.com]

Ob. link: Pong: The Next Generation (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#39392041)

Looks like this [maniacworld.com] .

Oh the lack of creativity is shining bright. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39392083)

Its not bad enough atari biggest release in the past decade was putting centipede on a disc inside boxes of cereal but now they show the complete lack of creativity by trying to re-invent pong of all things, and worse yet they cant even do it themselves and have to pay someone else to.

First they want to remake the original baldur gates games and now this shit.

I wish atari would just go bankrupt and stop shitting out the same old 80's games over and over again. I cant even understand how they are still in business, they have barely been able to keep their heads above water for 10 years now. The only reason they stay in business is by riding the shoulders of others like they published the witcher 2 but they had nothing to do with making the game.

It has to have that classic feel (1)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | more than 2 years ago | (#39392145)

It won't be true to the spirit of pong unless it burns lines into the screen.

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