Pong is FORTY: Classic that launched the multi-billion dollar video games industry celebrates anniversary this week

It's a long way from Call of Duty! How the multi-billion pound video games industry began 40 years ago with table tennis in black and white Classic video game was the first release by Atari in 1972They were later sued after another company claimed it stole their idea | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 27 November 2012 Now here's an anniversary to make you feel old. Pong is 40 this week. The classic video game, one of the first to reach mainstream popularity, was officially released on November 29, 1972 – 40 years ago this Thursday.