Avoid missing: the Pong Museum opens its virtual doors
Thanks to Brandon for featuriing the museum!
Recently opened to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ralph Baer's first TV-displayable version of the game that would come to be known as Pong (or is it the 42nd? Let's just call it 40-ish), the Pong Museum has curated a staggering amount of information on the game in its myriad earliest forms (including scans of each of the consoles themselves, even).
Even better, though, is the video Baer sent in to the site of he and hardware tech Bill Harrison playing some of the first ever rounds of multiplayer videogames, showing a surprisingly organic looking game compared to the strict vectors of the later versions (this version had a separate knob for fakeout curveballs).
The site's webshop even includes a DIY build-your-own-Pong-kit, which, unfortunately, appears to be PAL only for now, though they do ship to the US.