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*Atari Pong Table* Automated Service


By frankmac

11 months ago



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    #2 11 months ago

    I am in on this little beauty for sure.
    This will be the best coffee table ever!!!

    #3 11 months ago

    I spent a while playing this at Pinfest. There are few things in life these days that truly "wow" me (or anyone else for that matter), but this was honestly one of them. It felt like magic, and it was an absolute blast to play.

    #4 11 months ago
    Quoted from mbaumle:

    I spent a while playing this at Pinfest. There are few things in life these days that truly "wow" me (or anyone else for that matter), but this was honestly one of them. It felt like magic, and it was an absolute blast to play.

    I know the feeling!!

    #5 11 months ago

    How much are they?

    #6 11 months ago

    I played this table at the Amusement Expo in Vegas last January. It must have been a prototype because it geometry and physics were not working correctly, the seating height was very wrong and it just didn't work - wasn't fun and left us scratching our heads. It was like a piece of foam on a magnet, it moved sluggishly/jerky and really didn't match control knob movement.

    Again, it may have been a not-fully-functioning prototype but it was in the Atari Pong booth. Ya would have thought.....

    #7 11 months ago
    Quoted from Gritty:

    How much are they?

    I believe in the mid $3k range

    #8 11 months ago
    Quoted from Gritty:

    How much are they?

    $2999.00 is what was talked about.
    The table that have been at the show are prototypes.

    The table has had improved from TPF to the show in Allentown. It is really fun.

    #9 11 months ago

    http://pinballs.com/

    Has info if you call ask for Mike..

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    #10 11 months ago

    Are these coin op or free play only?

    #11 11 months ago

    I’m in - called Automated a few weeks ago. Can’t wait to add this game to the collection!

    #12 11 months ago
    Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

    Are these coin op or free play only?

    That would definitely be a question for automated/Pinballs.com the machine I deposited would be used for home use. I’m not sure if they have other
    options.

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    #13 11 months ago

    While a cool throwback novelty, $3k for Pong seems insane.

    #14 11 months ago
    Quoted from frankmac:

    That would definitely be a question for automated/Pinballs.com the machine I deposited would be used for home use. I’m not sure if they have other
    options.

    Currently only free play but I heard there will be a coin op version on the way with some changes to height / design to make it more bar friendly.

    #15 11 months ago

    I played at mgc and put a deposit in instantly.

    #16 11 months ago

    Does the little puck speed up or is it just one speed?

    #17 11 months ago

    I played it at MGC too and it was a blast. I'm not a buyer but it really is a neat and refreshing product.

    Can anybody provide details on how it works?

    #18 11 months ago

    I’m really interested in these and have been wanting to purchase one for a while now, but haven’t yet heard much feedback from those who have played them. Interesting comments above - anyone else seen one in person?

    #19 11 months ago

    I don't see how anybody who has played this wouldn't think it was fun

    They have been at a few shows now and more to come, search youtube by most recent and you can find tons of various videos of it in action if you aren't able to play one.

    #20 11 months ago

    Looks like this was a kickstarter at first, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461917284/play-atari-pong-in-your-coffee-table . It was much cheaper than 3k originally or Automated is jacking the price way up. Looks like the company is way behind on delivering according to the kickstarter comments.

    #21 11 months ago

    Having the four USB charging ports is nice. Shame they didn't do that with the modern Pac-Man tabletops.

    #22 11 months ago
    Quoted from JustLikeMe:

    I’m really interested in these and have been wanting to purchase one for a while now, but haven’t yet heard much feedback from those who have played them. Interesting comments above - anyone else seen one in person?

    Played it @texaspinballfestival and @pinfest it is a great game. Lots of people playing it and having a good time. I don’t think it was idle once during both shows.

    #23 11 months ago

    I played it at IAAPA last November, Amsement Expo in March and most recently in Allentown. It has definitely improved responsiveness and gameplay since IAAPA. It’s fun but personally I can’t see spending $3k on one. (Oh and the little Atari branded seats are extra)

    #24 11 months ago
    Quoted from oopsallberrys:

    Looks like this was a kickstarter at first, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461917284/play-atari-pong-in-your-coffee-table . It was much cheaper than 3k originally or Automated is jacking the price way up. Looks like the company is way behind on delivering according to the kickstarter comments.

    Yeah, a few of us here were in on the kickstarter

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/mechanical-pong-coffee-table/

    Last i heard from them was a month or so ago. Said they were aiming to start shipping in May-June. Originally they had said Feb-March, i think. Not that much of a delay, but i was one of the later ones in for the kickstarter so maybe that has something to do with it.

    Glad to hear people are liking it though.

    #25 11 months ago
    Quoted from Cobra:

    Does the little puck speed up or is it just one speed?

    It definitely speeds up. You can also add “English” to the puck by twisting the knob when the puck hits the paddle.

    #26 11 months ago

    I was in on the kickstarter as well. I'm excited to finally get it whenever it comes.

    #27 11 months ago

    Awesome lingering shots like these are why I always tune in to TNT vids!

    #28 11 months ago

    Played this at Pinfest - definitely was cool to see in person.

    #29 11 months ago

    Played it last weekend. It was a lot harder than you would think. I think someone said it can set to different difficulty levels. Neat/fun game.

    #30 11 months ago
    Quoted from ercvacation:

    While a cool throwback novelty, $3k for Pong seems insane.

    I would think that for that price you would at least get "Super Pong". That one had four games. One game will get boring down the road for the home owner IMO, so hopefully their "Pong" game could be upgraded in the future for more games to be added. I remember the pricing when these were new at "Pay N Save" stores, long gone now. $30.00 for "Pong" and $60.00 for "Super Pong", which I bought. Of course these were just the units themselves and not a whole coffee table.

    #31 11 months ago

    You understand this thing is some kind of mechanical and electronic wonder, right? Can't really compare it to the flood of cheap home Pong clones that came out in the 70s.

    #32 11 months ago

    I mean it does have bluetooth speakers, single player mode etc.

    #33 11 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    You understand this thing is some kind of mechanical and electronic wonder, right? Can't really compare it to the flood of cheap home Pong clones that came out in the 70s.

    True, just saying that one game for $3000.00 that does the same thing the video version did is a bit pricey and will get boring pretty quickly with the home owner, not the guests, just my 2 cents.

    #34 11 months ago
    Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

    Are these coin op or free play only?

    have the option for either. I did the kickstarter for it and ordered mine with the coin option to put out in locations.

    #35 11 months ago
    Quoted from ercvacation:

    While a cool throwback novelty, $3k for Pong seems insane.

    $3K is a deal.

    The original Pong sold for $1,095 in 1972 dollars, so that would be $12,113 in 2018 dollars.

    #36 11 months ago
    Quoted from Dr-Willy:

    I did the kickstarter for it and ordered mine with the coin option to put out in locations.

    I'm sure these will be very profitable on route for quite a while, especially in arcades and bars.

    Quoted from vid1900:

    $3K is a deal.

    Definitely for an Operator, especially comparing to the price of a new pinball machine, in which these things will take in more money overall for a while IMO.

    #37 11 months ago

    I would like to get one; however, I've never played one (and unlikely that I would be able to), so I am stuck with video and first-person accounts. My concern from watching videos is the lag. You used to be able to spin that control and it would zip the paddle from one side to the other. It doesn't seem to be nearly as responsive as that. How does it stack up to the original pong game in terms of responsiveness?

    #38 11 months ago

    I put my deposit in for the home version this past Monday. The person I'm dealing with is not very responsive and I sent her a WTF email this morning.

    #39 11 months ago

    At $699 I'd be in for one of these. Kickstarter says "Expected retail $1690".

    #40 11 months ago

    I'd buy one today @ $1700. @ $3k I'm putting that money towards something I want more.

    #41 11 months ago

    I was in on the kickstarter at 1k.

    #42 11 months ago

    I'll hold out for the "Pong in a Barrel " LE.
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    #43 11 months ago
    Quoted from Oldgoat:

    I would like to get one; however, I've never played one (and unlikely that I would be able to), so I am stuck with video and first-person accounts. My concern from watching videos is the lag. You used to be able to spin that control and it would zip the paddle from one side to the other. It doesn't seem to be nearly as responsive as that. How does it stack up to the original pong game in terms of responsiveness?

    The two I played, you really had to try and spin that thing to get it to the other side. It did feel a little off, like the gear ratio from spinner to puck was not right.

    #44 11 months ago
    Quoted from Mr68:

    I put my deposit in for the home version this past Monday. The person I'm dealing with is not very responsive and I sent her a WTF email this morning.

    Did you use automated services ?

    #45 11 months ago

    Played it a few times at TPF and thought it was fun. IIRC the difficulty could be changed so it played faster. I think the speed of the motors prevent you from zipping the paddles back and forth like the original video game but I thought they were plenty responsive enough to get to the "ball", even at the faster setting.

    Control felt good. I didn't notice a lag like you get on the flippers of most virtual pinball games.

    Wish I had known about the kick starter.

    #46 11 months ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    $3K is a deal.
    The original Pong sold for $1,095 in 1972 dollars, so that would be $12,113 in 2018 dollars.

    I'm in for the 1972 price. Out for 2018...

    #47 11 months ago
    Quoted from frankmac:

    Did you use automated services ?

    No. I called the general manager of distribution because I was in on the pre-order price and they overlooked me. After we chatted he referred me to their authorised distributor that was geographical closest to me and copied them with an email about my deal. A company called, Snag a Game in Houston.

    And just now I heard back from Snag A Game and she said this:

    ********
    "The factory has not yet started production. Trust me, I am asking daily!
    Therefore, I really feel that it will be July (earliest) that I willhave product in my Dallas warehouse. I can ship from there to you in Colorado.
    I will keep you posted. I will have an update in a couple of weeks.

    ********

    Here's a list of their world wide distributors from thier webpage if anyone is interested: https://www.tablepongproject.com/map

    #48 11 months ago
    Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

    I would think that for that price you would at least get "Super Pong". That one had four games. One game will get boring down the road for the home owner IMO, so hopefully their "Pong" game could be upgraded in the future for more games to be added. I remember the pricing when these were new at "Pay N Save" stores, long gone now. $30.00 for "Pong" and $60.00 for "Super Pong", which I bought. Of course these were just the units themselves and not a whole coffee table.

    I don't disagree with your point, but I'm not quite sure how you'd engineer Super Pong. The paddles are on the Y axes. The puck runs along both the X and Y axes, between the two paddles. I'm not quite sure how you could have these two cross, as they would need to do for Super Pong. I'm sure it's possible, but it would be very complicated.

    #49 11 months ago

    A great innovation, but the controls look very laggy and the price seems about double what would be reasonable. I wouldn't buy this one, but maybe the next iteration.

    #50 11 months ago
    Quoted from Pinballs:

    A great innovation, but the controls look very laggy and the price seems about double what would be reasonable. I wouldn't buy this one, but maybe the next iteration.

    While I agree that the price may be a bit much, the controls felt good when I sat down at it.

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