American video game company Atari released Pong a table-tennis sports game on the arcade platform on this day, November 29 in 1972. On the occasion of the game's 43rd anniversary here's a look at some interesting trivia that you may or may not know...

1. Before founding Atari, co-founders Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney created Computer Space in 1971. The game is generally accepted as the world's first commercially sold coin-operated video game — and indeed, the first commercially sold video game of any kind.

2. Nolan Bushnell based the idea for Pong after viewing an electronic ping-pong game included in the Magnavox Odyssey, the world's first commercial home video game console created by rival company Magnavox.

3. Before coming up with Pong, Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell had received the company's first contract from Bally Manufacturing Corporation for the creation of a driving game.

4. The cabinet for the Pong prototype was constructed using Hitachi black-and-white television set placed into a 4-foot (1.2 m) wooden cabinet. The wires were soldered into boards to create the necessary circuitry. The coin mechanism from a laundromat was used on the side, which featured a milk carton inside to catch coins.

5. Atari secretly spawned a 'competitor' in 1973 called Kee Games, which was actually headed by Nolan Bushnell's next door neighbour Joe Keenan. This was done to circumvent pinball distributors' insistence on exclusive distribution deals as both Atari and Kee could market (virtually) the same game to different distributors, with each getting an "exclusive" deal. Though Kee's relationship to Atari was discovered in 1974, Joe Keenan did such a good job managing the subsidiary that he was promoted to president of Atari that same year.

6. In order to feature realistic sound effects, as requested by the Atari owners, Pong creator Allan Alcorn used a sync generator after discovering that it could generate different tones and used those for the game's sound effects.

7. Atari engineer Allan Alcorn originally designed and built Pong as a training exercise. The company's co-founders Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney decided to manufacture it after being impressed by Alcorn's work.

8. A few days after its installation the Pong prototype began exhibiting technical issues. Upon inspecting the machine, creator Allan Alcorn discovered that the problem was the coin mechanism was overflowing with quarters.

9. Atari released Home Pong, a home version of Pong, essentially one of the first video game consoles that could be connected to a television, similar to rival firm Magnavox's Magnavox Odyssey in Christmas 1975 through retail giant Sears.

10.The development of Home Pong initially began under the codename Darlene, named after an attractive female employee at Atari.
(source: mid-day)