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This Week in Tech History: First Successful Video Game

On this episode of "This Week in Tech History," Chris reminds us of the first successful video game, as well as the introduction, years later, of one of the most popular consoles. But first, he tells us of the invention of a technology we see in store windows and sports bars all over the country.

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This Week in 1910 – Modern neon lighting was first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.

In 1913 – The Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line.

1928_Model_A_Ford Phaeton
1928 Ford Model A Phaeton

1927 – The first Ford Model A was unveiled in New York City’s Waldorf Hotel and in 35 other cities around the U.S., Canada and Europe. The car was priced affordably: the Phaeton sold for $395.00 and the Tudor Sedan for $495.00.

1964 – NASA launched the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars. The spacecraft was designed to conduct closeup scientific observations of the red planet and to transmit these observations back to Earth

1972 – Atari announced the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

1993 – The Space Shuttle Endeavor launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Sony’s Original PlayStation Console

And this week in 1994 – Starting in Japan, Sony released its massively popular PlayStation game console – the first computer entertainment platform to ship 100 million units.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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