No matter how old or young you are, everyone knows about Pong. There are even some of us who are old enough to remember actually playing it. The granddaddy of video games, this simple 2D tennis simulator has earned its place in gaming history and gamers owe it a debt of gratitude.
But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use an upgrade.
Atari is currently running a contest to reimagine the video game classic for the iPhone/iPad and bring it to the App Store. And they are giving this awesome responsibility to an up-and-coming indie game development studio.
The semi-finalists have been announced and among their number are not one, but two Philly based developers. SmugBee Games and Island Officials both have remade versions of Pong in the running and they both look incredible.
The finalists are going to be announced tomorrow, June 26th, so check out the YouTube trailers and see what you could be playing in the near future. With any luck, it will be a new Pong for a new century developed by a bunch of local Philly talent.
That alone would make getting an iPad worth it.
Pong Indie Development Challenge