Watch Ralph Baer and Bill Harrison demonstrate their "brown box" video control module in 1969, two years after they invented the technology behind what eventually became Pong. Yes, Pong, the video ping-pong game that seemed so incredibly exciting back when my cousins had it in the 1970s. Of course, by the time I got to their house, they were already sick of playing it—and if there's anything more boring than two-man Pong, it's solitaire Pong. Video games have come a long, long way since then, but one thing hasn't changed: the siren song of videogames when you're supposed to be working.