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Watch people play a mind-controlled version of ‘Pong’

A cancer charity gave gamers a chance to mind-control a game of 'Pong.' 


Miles Klee


Posted on Jun 19, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 2:35 am CDT

Pretty soon, you’ll be able to kiss those clunky, cheez-doodle-dusted Xbox and PlayStation controllers goodbye: The future, we’re pleased to announce, is all about head games.

The Brain Tumor Charity, being deeply invested in gray matter, this week raised funds with “the world’s first cancer-beating, mind-controlled game.” For just £1, players had the chance to duke it out in a purely mental Pong match on a billboard at the Westfield London shopping center.

The final picture of #mindpong … take over from @MCSaatchiLondon with me and @NatalieLenny selfies … :D

— Stephen Chan (@StephenInk) June 16, 2014


The game, the charity’s website explains, “uses wireless headsets that respond to the brain’s electrical activity so that people taking part can concentrate to move their paddle up and relax to move their paddle down.” It was devised and created by advertising agency M&C Saatchi.

Read a round-up of @BrainTumourOrg‘s #mindpong event on our agency blog:

— M&C Saatchi London (@MCSaatchiLondon) June 17, 2014

Volunteers were on hand to assure passersby that the electroencephalography-based technology wasn’t magic and raise awareness of brain health. Because who wouldn’t want to save an organ that does stuff this cool? Donations, we hear, “came pouring in.”  

Photo by LASZLO ILYES/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jun 19, 2014, 4:33 pm CDT