Apps pong screensaver

Published on January 2nd, 2019 | by Kirk Hiner

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Pong Screensaver for Apple TV is a very cool idea

I suppose it was only a matter of time. With all of the methods available for gamers to watch other gamers play games, and with the amount of time gamers actually spend watching other gamers play games, we’ve now reached the point where we can watch AI play games against itself.

And with Pong, to boot.

Pong Screensaver is exactly what it sounds like…a screensaver that emulates random Pong matches. You’re not playing the game, and you’re not watching other people play the game, it’s simply a video emulation. And because the matches are randomly generated you won’t get the same results each time.

Of course, the developers have added a clock to make it a bit more useful.

Because Pong has very basic and fairly laid-back, the whole experience becomes rather soothing. This makes it good for relaxation, and the effect easily blends into the background when you don’t want to be distracted by your screensaver.

Honestly, I’d love to see this kind of thing with more old video games. I know that emulating a run on most classic arcade games would be difficult, but their demos between quarter drops would make great Apple TV screensavers. Space Invaders, Asteroids, Missile Command, Pac-Man…running your Apple TV could be like walking into an arcade during a slow afternoon, and we all know that was the best time to walk into an arcade.

Pong Screensaver is available now for free in the App Store. If you’d like to actually play Pong on Apple TV, check out I Pong Now.

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.



2 Responses to Pong Screensaver for Apple TV is a very cool idea

  1. John says:

    I am 11 years old, and this is my second app, this was my idea, and I love it. I had this idea after making a Pong game for ios (Just for fun, not to put on the store) I thought “Oh! Just make it a screensaver”, and Pong Screensaver was born. I just copied the code for the simulation and added a clock to it, and uploaded it. Now there are score labels, and you can click the remote to reset.

  2. John says:

    I am 11 and created this app. Thanks for the article

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