What an excellent idea for a story. Get a bunch of 10- and 11-year-olds to review classic video games. Here’s some of what they had to say about Pong:
Niko: Heyâ€”Pong. My parents played this game.
Brian: It takes this whole console just to do Pong?
Kirk: What is this? [Picks up and twists the paddle controller] Am I controlling the volume?
John: I’m just going to do this [twists the paddle controller as rapidly as possible].
Tim: John, don’t do that. You’ll die.
Andrew: This is a lot like that game. Um, whatchamacallitâ€”air hockey.
Sheldon: Except worse.
Andrew: Blip. Blip. Blip. Blip.
Becky: I don’t even see the point of having sound on this.
Andrew: Wow. The score is tied. It’s so exhilarating.
Brian: I saw a documentary on this. The game was so popular in arcades that it got jammed up with quarters.
John: In this thing? [Points to the Pong game console]
Tim: I would never pay to play something like this.
John: I’d sooner jump up and down on one foot. By the way, is this supposed to be tennis or Ping-Pong?
Gordon: It doesn’t even go over the net. It goes through it. I don’t even think that thing in the middle is a net.
Tim: My line is so beating the heck out of your stupid line. Fear my pink line. You have no chance. I am the undisputed lord of virtual tennis. [Misses ball] Whoops.
John: Tim, how could you miss that? It was going like 1 m.p.h.
Sheldon: Hey, why does it say Sears on the controller?
EGM: Sears sold it for Atari.
Andrew: Isn’t Sears, like, a clothing company?
Becky: Sears makes everything. Actually, I’ve never been in there.
EGM: Guess how much this thing cost when it came out.
Kirk: Twenty bucks?
Kirk: My Godâ€”I could almost buy a PS2 for that. I’m sure when this came out, it was better than whatever else was out. Want to play chess with me, son? No way, Dad.
Brian: I want to play Pong!
Tim: Oh, I’m starting to suck. John, you drained my skill.
John: Yes, I used a power-up.
Tim: What? There’s no power-ups in Pong. The concept of a power-up hadn’t been invented yet.