TV show inspires this smaller Pong paddles hardware hack


When we read “smaller paddles” we immediately thought of the physical controllers that you hold in your hands. But this hack alters the size of the virtual Pong paddles displayed on the TV screen.

We remember quite well the episode of That 70’s Show where Red and Kelso take apart their Pong machine to hack it. The video after the break which [Blues Image] put together shuffles scenes from that episode in with images of his hack. The characters are adamant that the game is too easy and reducing the size of the virtual paddles is the only thing that will make it fun again. After building his own hardware from the original schematics, [Blue Image] figured this challenge was worth a try.

His solution is in the form of two man-in-the-middle boards which insert a way to reroute the pins without altering the main board. One of the chips is used to draw the paddles, the other checks for collisions with the ball. By changing the pin-out the paddles are reduced from fifteen pixels down to seven.

[via Reddit]


  1. Gizmos says:

    I had a pong knock-off that had difficulty levels. The paddles size could be changed. So could the ball speed.

  2. Season 1, Episode 22 “Punk Chick”

  3. djnikochan says:

    This hack almost wouldn’t be complete without someone being called “dumb-ass” by an irritable, balding man. Cue also reference to soldering being the future.

  4. Josh says:

    I read the headline on my RSS reader and immediately thought of That 70’s Show. Awesome.

  5. Remko Janse says:

    i only read smaller paddles and my mind went to the scene with kelse and red

  6. speakeasy says:

    Cool stuff, nice hack :). Somewhat related:

    These guys not only shrink the paddles, but move them closer together. And as an added bonus, they play it on an oscilloscope ;)

  7. NewCommentor says:

    get your head out of those damm videogames and get a job…

    and if i ever catch you smoking() again, ill kick ur ass all the way to canada, dumbass!

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