5.15.2007

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(part 7)

Baer, Harrison, and Rusch kept copious dated notes of all their work on the TV games project at Sanders. This habit was typical at the defense contractor, which expected documentation with military precision. In the notes you see here from February 1967, Baer outlines some of his first TV game designs, then with the help of Harrison, fleshes them out in May with descriptions of overlays and possible controllers. Also present are excerpts from Bill Rusch's design journal, filled with incredibly advanced game concepts for the time, including the ultimate genesis of Atari's Pong (in the form of "Ping-Pong") in a sketch dated October 18th, 1967. Hand-drawn schematics of Rusch's Ping-Pong circuitry round out the set.




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