Quick note. Although the mere fact that you are reading this page means that you are smatrer than the average person, I still think it bears mentioning that there is a widespread misconception that Pong was the first video game. It wasn’t. A game called Spacewar was the first, and it celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Pong‘s claim to fame was that it was the first successful video game. Spacewar was deemed “too complicated” for the average user. However, if you’ve never played Spacewar, a Java version of the game has been created for you to try.