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Hello Scratch!: Learn to program by making arcade games by Sadie Ford Gabriel Ford and Melissa Ford

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Chapter 5. Using conditionals to build a two-player ball-and-paddle game

Pong was the first popular arcade game. For many people, this ball-and-paddle game was the first video game they ever got to play.

In the early 1970s, a new company named Atari hired a guy named Al Alcorn to make a game called Pong. They placed the arcade cabinet inside a restaurant in California, and by the next day, people were lining up to play it. When other game makers saw how much people loved Pong, they raced to make their own games. And the rest is history.

Which brings us to an important point: how did people know how to play if they had never seen a video game ...

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