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A Moment Of Silence: The Father Of Video Games Is Gone

Without this guy, we wouldn't have an industry.

As reported by Gamasutra, the "father of video games," Ralph Baer, has passed away at the ripe old age of 92.

Baer developed the Brown Box in 1966, which he later licensed to Magnavox. This became the Magnavox Odyssey and it hit store shelves for the first time in 1972. Baer also designed the industry's first light gun, and the classic electronic memory game, Simon. He received the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush in 2006, the 2008 Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award, and many other honors. As he said upon acceptance of the Pioneer Choice Award:

"Had I listened to all those people 40 years ago who were telling me to stop the nonsense or made remarks like 'are you still screwing around with this stuff?" and hadn't proceeded, we might all not be here today. Certainly things might have been different."

Oh, quite a bit different. We all owe this man a gigantic debt of gratitude, that's for damn sure. Happy trails, Ralph. We're sure you'll make breakthroughs in another life, too!

Tags: ralph baer, ralph baer life, brown box

12/7/2014 11:00:30 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (7 posts)

Breadlover
Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 12:02:37 AM
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Thank you for the games Ralph! You will not be forgotten~!

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Lone Wanderer
Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 1:19:34 AM
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Without him,we would not have known the greatness that is video games. You will be sorely missed. Requiescat de pace, Ralph Baer...

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Shauneepeak
Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 1:45:09 AM
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Rest in Peace, it's hard to imagine a world without video games.

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Underdog15
Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 9:31:28 AM
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Cool guy for sure, but he didn't make the first video game.

That was William Higinbotham. He made "Tennis for Two" that was seen through an oscilloscope.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 11:21:58 AM

Didn't say he made the first video game. He made the first video game system.

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Underdog15
Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 11:43:46 AM

It's fair for Baer (rhyme!) anyways. Higinbotham was embarrassed that his game got more recognition than his work in nuclear physics. Baer actually LIKED games. lol

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 @ 6:13:03 PM
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he will be dearly missed rest in peace idk what my life would have been like with out games its been such a big thing for me i'm sure millions of people around the world wish him and his family all the best

hppy gaming

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