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The P.C.sí kissing cousins

 
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Nolan Bushnell Nolan Bushnell

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While home computers were still in their infancy, the same technology was already being used to fuel the video game craze.

Ralph Baer invented the concept of the videogame in 1970, selling the rights to Magnavox - which licensed the technology to other companies in addition to producing its own Odyssey system.

In 1972, Atari founder Nolan Bushnellís electronic arcade game PONG took the country by storm. He soon had a home version that could be hooked up to the family TV, competing with Mattel's Odyssey home videogame.

 
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