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Ralph Baer, Father of Video Games, Reflects on His Career

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Ralph Baer, Father of Video Games, Reflects on His Career

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:05 am

Ralph Baer, the Father of Video Games, Reflects on His Career

The Salt Lake Tribune
Vince Horuichi
November 7, 2011

Ralph H. Baer is the man you either thank for countless of hours of entertainment or the man you blame for your kids' failing grades and your husband abandoning you to play "Call of Duty."

The television engineer and now 89-year-old "Father of Video Games" invented the first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, in 1972 - five years before the Atari 2600 took America by storm.

In fact, Baer created the precursor to the Odyssey clear back in 1967. The "Brown Box," a unit with corded controllers that had a number of games built in, including a ping-pong game similar to the legendary "Pong" that University of Utah graduate and Atari president Nolan Bushnell created five years later.

Today, the average gamer spends eight hours a week feeding an $18.5 billion-a-year business that reaches 67 percent of American households.

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Re: Ralph Baer, Father of Video Games, Reflects on His Caree

Postby Dolphin78 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:06 pm

That's a great bit of history. I played pong in 1967. It wasn't a consumer device, but a few colleges had them around for fun and demonstration.

It's a long way from there to Call of Duty. Like 3D animation, the progress has been astounding and it is a global industry that America dominates.
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