Monday, December 8, 2014

The Father of Video Games Has Passed Away

It is a sad day. Ralph Baer, the man widely regarded as the father of video games, has passed away at the age of 92 as Gamasutra reports.

Thank you so much for all the fun.

A renowned inventor, and holder of over 150 patents, Baer's most famous work was designing the machine that would become the Magnavox Odyssey, the world's very first home video games console. Every console and handheld that's come since, well, you can trace it all back to the Odyssey. 

You can see footage of Baer testing the Brown Box in 1969 (1969!) below.  No that is not a typo by the way.  He really, created a damn video game machine in 1969.  Suck on that one Atari.

Check it out:

Baer was born in Germany in 1922. His family escaped the Nazis only two months before the infamous events of the Kristallnacht attacks on Jewish businesses. From their original destination of Holland they eventually moved to the U.S.   In his adopted country, Baer's work in electronics would culminate in 2006 with him being awarded the National Medal of Technology by President George W Bush for his work in pioneering the video game industry.

So game enthusiasts everywhere, pour out a Mountain Dew and thank the stars that this man did it so well.  You have your Marios, Calls of Duty, Pac-Men, and even Miss Pac-Men all because of him.

Thanks Ralph.

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