Pong Song

HK Magazine - - GADGETS -

There are two philoso­phies when it comes to drink­ing al­co­hol that can be broadly di­vided into the “Amer­i­can” and “Bri­tish” ap­proaches. The Amer­i­can Ap­proach is to gam­ify the whole thing, in­tro­duc­ing fri­vol­ity into the process via games of flip cup, beer pong and the like. You can lump Hong Kong’s own dice games into this cat­e­gory. The Bri­tish Ap­proach, mean­while, is Just. To. Drink.

I lean to­wards the lat­ter, but some­times some­thing comes along to pull me in the other di­rec­tion, like which is billed as “the world’s first in­ter­ac­tive beer pong game sys­tem.” Es­sen­tially, it all works via an in­ter­ac­tive ta­ble, which al­lows it to de­liver au­to­matic score­keep­ing (which is dif­fi­cult to do man­u­ally the more you drink) as well as cus­tom­iz­a­ble sound ef­fects, light­ing and an­i­ma­tions. You can even down­load an app to your own phone so you’re al­ways hooked in to your next game—and to a world­wide leaderboard. For a chance to be­come the NUM­BER ONE IN THE WORLD at beer pong? I might start tak­ing an in­ter­est.

BP Con­nect avail­able at Pong, 1/F, 38 Yiu Wa St., Cause­way Bay, 3956-5201; and at M1 Bar, 17-19 Prat Av­enue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2311-7212.

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