Electronic Game, Telegames Super-Pong

Electronic Game, Telegames Super-Pong

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Pong is an electronic game that simulates on a two-dimensional screen the play in table tennis (Ping Pong). The California firm of Atari originally introduced it in 1972 as an arcade game (see 1984.0890.01). Seeking a larger market, Atari designers soon were working on a smaller device that could be played at home, with a television set as screen. A home version of the game was distributed from late 1975 by Sears, Roebuck and Company. This is a slightly later version of that game, sold as "Super Pong" from 1976.
Two gray controllers fit into the brown plastic game unit. Each controller is marked: Sears. The unit played four games. Text at the center top of the game unit reads: SUPER PONGTM (/) TELE-GAMESTM. Atari filed for a trademark for PONG in 1975, and it was registered November 28, 1978. Sears applied for a trademark for TELE-GAMES in 1977, and it was registered April 11, 1978. A Sears catalog from 1976 and 1977 advertised Tele-games Super Pong (indicating trademarks). Hence it seems likely that the game dates from between 1976 and 1977. By 1978, Super Pong was offered on cartridge.
[Advertisement], Hartford Courant, April 5, 1978, p. 30
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, Apr 6, 1978, p. G25.
[Advertisement], New York Times, March 29, 1978, p. C4.
Henry Lowood, “Videogames in Computer Space: The Complex History of Pong,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 31 #3, July-September 2009, pp. 5-19.
Sears, Roebuck and Company, Wish Book for the 1976 Christmas Season, pp. 390-391.
Sears, Roebuck, and Company, Catalog, Spring, 1977, p. 1044. The game is priced at $78.95. Games played include electronic versions of catch, basketball, handball, and (as with the original Pong) table tennis.
Sears, Roebuck, and Company, Catalog, Fall, 1977, p. 1262. The game costs $39.95.
Sears, Roebuck, and Company, Catalog, Spring, 1978, p. 1060. Doesn't include this form of Super Pong.
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Object Name
Electronic Game
Date made
date made
Atari, Inc.
Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 11 in x 6 in; 17.78 cm x 27.94 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
Collected by Jon Eklund
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National Museum of American History
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