BuzzFeed longform editor debuts today with longform history of Pong

BuzzFeed published its first longform piece under new longform editor Steve Kandell today. It's a history of the videogame Pong, written by Chris Stokel-Walker, Kandell tells Poynter.



Kandell was named BuzzFeed's longform editor earlier this month. The Pong piece is his first commission; Stokel-Walker pitched it on Kandell's first day, he says. Stokel-Walker spoke with the game's co-creators in the course of his reporting, says Kandell, Spin's former editor. (I worked at Spin a hundred or so years ago, but I never worked with Kandell.)



The piece is about 5,000 words long and includes "some design and animation elements," Kandell says. Fingers crossed for a game! It was published around 1 p.m. ET. Forty years ago today, Atari announced Pong's release. New York's Museum of Modern Art hopes to include Pong in a new exhibit of video games.



Here's a gripping video of a Pong game that goes on for more than 7 minutes.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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