Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy 90th Ralph H. Baer (The Father of Video Games)

Ralph Baer
Happy 90th Ralph H. Baer (The Father of Video Games)

That’s right, the father of video games Ralph Baer, who invented the Odyssey (the first home console), turned 90 last Thursday.  

He started development of the “Brown Box” and several other video game prototypes in 1966 for the defense-electronics company Sanders Associates. It was then licensed to Magnavox in 1971, and was renamed the Magnavox Odyssey before being released to the public in 1972.

Even though for a time it was Sanders most profitable line, it still had many obstacles to go through. Video games at the time were a new thing, and many people didn’t know what to make of it, game development was even looked down upon be many people in the company.

Magnavox Odyssy Overlays
Magnavox Odyssey Overlays
Even though the graphics were practically nonexistent, using overlays that cover the TV screen, the video game “fad” had started. No one back then could have predicted were that so called “fad” would lead to, as it turned out, it led to a great place.

Now video games and computers are so advanced, Ralph Baer’s Magnavox Odyssey is but a distant memory, but a memory that will live on in the hearts of gamers forever.

Thanks Ralph H. Baer for helping start the video game craze.

Ralph Baer
He Deserves That Medal


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