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‘The Father of Video Games’ Ralph Baer Dies At 92

Ralph Baer, the inventor often dubbed “the father of video games,” died at the age of 92 on December 6, 2014 at his New Hampshire home. Baer created the very first home console video game system in the early 1970s, which was licensed and sold as the Magnavox Odyssey and had games like Table Tennis.

Born in 1922 into a Jewish family in Germany, Baer’s family emigrated to New York in 1938 with the young Ralph eventually working in a leather factory. Described by Gamespot as “a lifelong inventor,” an adult Baer, while working as an engineer, came up with the idea for a device allowing games to be played on television. Later, he created the famous electronic game Simon. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology. In 2008, he received the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award.

Source: The New York Times; Gamasutra; Gamespot

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A lifetime of reading comics and watching television has left Tom with an inexhaustible supply of pop culture knowledge from the obvious to the obscure. Rather than keep it all in his brain for use at parties, Tom turned to writing a few years ago to help him share that knowledge with as many people as are remotely interested. Tom writes for several websites including The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, Loser City and others. For even further rambling, follow him on Twitter @tomtificate.

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2 Comments on “‘The Father of Video Games’ Ralph Baer Dies At 92”

  1. 12/09/2014 at 1:36 PM #

    Reblogged this on RRB's Games Blog and commented:
    Had to repost this one. The father indeed, most people will not even know Ralph. RIP Ralph Baer.

  2. 12/09/2014 at 6:41 PM #

    Reblogged this on tomtificate.

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