Ralph Baer: The Father of Video Games

Known as “The Father of Video Games”, Ralph Baer made many contributions to games and the video game industry. In 1966, Baer started development of the “Brown Box” console video game system for the defense-electronics company Sanders Associates, now part of BAE Systems. It was subsequently licensed to Magnavox, and after being renamed Magnavox Odyssey, the console was released to the public in 1972.

In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology for inventing the home console for video games and spawning the video game industry. He died this year at the age of 92.

In this video, he reminisces about those early days of video game history.

[PBS Inventors]

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