‘The Father of Video Games’ Dies At Age 92

Dec 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm |
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Inventor Ralph Baer had a remarkable life filled with creation and innovation, and rightfully so. Baer is solely responsible for the very first home video game console.

Unfortunately, the world has lost Baer– passing away at the age of 92.

In the late 1960s, Baer invented what he called the “Brown Box.” Then in 1972, Baer licensed the design of his video game console, quickly changing the name to “Magnavox Odyssey.”

After the console grew to success, Baer was coined “The Father of Video Games.”

The Magnavox Odyssey was the footprint for home video game consoles. The system is simply just a computer box that is connected to a television and manipulated with controllers. Sure, today’s video game consoles look a lot cooler and feature different looks and established add-ons, but the idea remains the same. Baer was also responsible for the invention of the “light gun” controller– designed specifically for shooting games. But one of Baer’s most notorious and popular creations was “Simon.” The pattern-matching electronic game is still popular and played today. It is sold in stores almost everywhere.

And Baer’s hard work and innovativeness didn’t go unnoticed. In 2006, Baer received the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush for his accomplishments. He later then was awarded the Pioneer Award at the Game Developers’ Choice Awards in 2008.

Watch the memorable moment when Baer gave his award speech below!

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