Ping Pong or Table tennis, is a sport game in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, Table Tennis players must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. The play of Ping Pong is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory and limits an opponent's options, giving the hitter a great advantage.
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The Ping Pong game originated as a sport in England during the 1880s, where the game was played among the upper class as an after dinner parlour game. It has been suggested that the Ping Pong game was first developed by British military officers in India or South Africa who brought it back with them. A row of books were stood up along the center of the table as a net, two more books served as rackets and were used to continuously hit a golf ball from one end of the table to the other. Alternatively table tennis was played with paddles made of cigar box lids and balls made of champagne corks. The popularity of the Ping Pong game led game manufacturers to sell table tennis equipment commercially. Early ping pong rackets were often pieces of parchment stretched upon a frame, and the sound generated in play gave the game its first nicknames of "wiff-waff" and "Ping Pong". A number of sources indicate that the Table Tennis game was first brought to the attention of Hamley's of Regent Street under the name "Gossima". The name Ping Pong was in wide use before British manufacturer J. Jaques & Son Ltd trademarked it in 1901. The name Ping Pong then came to be used for the Table Tennis game played by the rather expensive Jaques's equipment, with other manufacturers calling it table tennis. A similar situation arose in the United States, where Jaques sold the rights to the Ping Pong name to Parker Brothers. Parker Brothers then enforced their copyright on the term in the 1920s making the various associations change their names to "table tennis" instead of the more common, but copyrighted, Ping Pong term. Today you can play 3D Ping Pong for free online.