Quadra Pong

The Arcade PCB by Atari, Inc.

Quadra Pong screenshot

Not emulated in MAME

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade PCB

Quadra Pong © 1974 Atari.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PICTURE :
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Quadra Pong the  Arcade PCB
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TRIVIA

Quadra Pong was released in March 1974.

This was the first widely released cocktail style arcade game. It was only available in an small table format that had a surface area of around 2 feet by 3 feet. Their were control panels on either end, each of which had an analog spinner control located at each corner. The surface of the control panel smoothly arched up slightly, meeting a piece of curved plexiglass that covered the monitor, and then that plexiglass met the other control panel. So basically the surface of the game was not flat, but was a mild arch instead, probably to keep people from setting their drinks on the game. Almost every other cocktail arcade game ever made had a flat surface, so this one is rather unique in that aspect. The side of the machine was all white, and featured sideart that advertised 'QUADRA PONG' in a 'futuristic' font. This was also a bit off, since cocktail tables almost never have sideart.

Inside the game lived a standard black and white television that was installed at a 45 degree angle to the sides of the machine, so each player had a corner facing directly at her. It looked sort of like a diamond inside a rectangle. The game ran on a single printed circuit board that had no RAM, no ROM, and no processors to be found anywhere.

SERIES

1. Pong (1972)
2. Pong Doubles (1973)
3. Quadra Pong (1974)
4. Super Pong (1974)
5. Pong - The Next Level (1999, PC CD-ROM, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Game Boy Color)

SOURCES
Game's picture.

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