Ralph Baer, the inventor often dubbed “the father of video games,” died at the age of 92 on December 6, 2014 at his New Hampshire home. Baer created the very first home console video game system in the early 1970s, which was licensed and sold as the Magnavox Odyssey and had games like Table Tennis.
Born in 1922 into a Jewish family in Germany, Baer’s family emigrated to New York in 1938 with the young Ralph eventually working in a leather factory. Described by Gamespot as “a lifelong inventor,” an adult Baer, while working as an engineer, came up with the idea for a device allowing games to be played on television. Later, he created the famous electronic game Simon. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology. In 2008, he received the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award.
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