Retro Paddle is Richard Fennema's tribute to Pong for the iPhone! Although insanely simplistic in nature, Retro Paddle serves more to remind to the world how far the gaming world has come since Pong's console release in 1974 (roughly three years before home computers were available to the public). This ridiculously simple concept was something the world had never seen before: at home console gaming! Pong, with sales totaling over $40,000,000 in it's first year, was a massive hit and the public ate it up. This simple game sparked a series of innovations that led to cartridge based gaming and the decision to port classics like Space Invaders from the arcade to the TV screen.
After the console gaming crash of 83' and 84', the general public avoided console gaming until gaming legends Nintendo and Sega hit the scene in the late 80's with the NES and the SG-1000. From there, it's all history and the world's youth would never be the same because of it. In fact, Pong indirectly set in motion – albeit an extremely indirect set of motions- a line of events that would ultimately lead to the creation of IAR and for that we pay tribute! It's just hard to believe that the at home gaming phenomenon came with instructions that said: "Avoid missing ball for high score."