Father of Video Gaming – Life and Times of Ralph Baer

Father of Video Gaming – Life and Times of Ralph Baer

Ralph Baer is known as the father of video games. Ralph held more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents and had a profound influence on electronic games, military simulators, and medical devices. He also had a lot to do with a little game that you might have heard of — the game Simon.

Ralph Baer licensed the FIRST home video game to Magnavox’s Odyssey, the new electronic game simulator which was branded as the first interactive video game system and released in 1972. This was months before PONG premiered in Sunnyvale CA later that same year.

Sorry, Atari and Nolan Bushnell.

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  1. Sonja Krohn on October 31, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Thanks for another fascinating glimpse into history!

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  3. Planet Earth on October 31, 2022 at 7:14 am

    I’m old enough to proudly say I played both those games from Magnovox and Atari. And because I did I was inspired to eventually earned a Computer Science degree. All that before the invention of personal computers. The first computer I saw and used took up three rooms.

    It’s been an amazing life from then to now. I’ve done it all, seen about everything to see and done about everything to do. I wouldn’t change a thing, because my life contains essentially all of computer history and aspects of all it’s jobs. It also led me to the internet back before it became public and was a DARPA project. My how times have changed.

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