Founding father: Pong's designer Allan Alcorn

1972's Pong was the first arcade game to receive widespread popularity, and later console versions produced by Atari (and countless other manufacturers) brought video games into millions of homes for the first time.

Pong's designer Allan Alcorn is visiting Australia this week to attend the opening of the Game On exhibition and present two free public talks.

Screen Play caught up with the gaming legend to talk to him about subjects like creating the first Pong prototype, his surprise at its success, how he had no regrets turning down the Apple I computer, the importance of preserving gaming's history, what he thinks of video games today and how he never expected them to become a cultural force.

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