Game Midterm 2 Part 2

Game Midterm 2 Part 2 - 1 James Corcoran CSCI 180 St. John...

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James Corcoran CSCI 180 St. John Colon 11/1/10 Touchstones of the 1970’s There were many great Video Arcade games in the 1970’s that are highly regarded as major touchstones in the history of video games. Pong was a ping-pong based video game that Atari developed. Pong is widely considered one of the most, if not the most famous and influential games of all time. Pong was the first video arcade game that actually became widely popular, and was made using transistor-to-transistor logic. The only technological innovation that Pong introduced, the sound the game made when the ball came in contact with the paddle, was actually an accident, according to game designer Alcorn. An influential design innovation in Pong was that the paddle had eight segments and the ball reflected off of the paddle based on where the ball came in contact with it. Banking off shots was a crucial part of the gameplay of Pong, and no game had done it before. The ball acceleration was also a new feature that ramped gameplay and added the element of speed and reaction time into the “one on one battle”. Pong was very
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course CSCI 180 taught by Professor Stjohncolon during the Fall '10 term at USC.

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Game Midterm 2 Part 2 - 1 James Corcoran CSCI 180 St. John...

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