Ralph Baer, the ‘father of video games’, dies at age 92

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Ralph H. Baer, the man known for creating the first-ever video-game industry has died at the age of 92.

Ralph Baer, the pioneer of the video game industry, was the force behind the first ever video game.

In the late 1960s, Ralph Baer started exploring the possibility of playing video games on a TV. He built a device; he called the Brown Box or better known as Magnavox Odyssey.

Obviously, the same concept is still used in game consoles today.  He also accumulated around 150 other patents and won several awards and honors.

Ralph Baer finally came up with a console in 1968, though it took him a while to find a manufacturer and the console hit the market in 1972 as the Magnavox Odyssey.

We can say, overall, about 350,000 units were shipped in four years, and for a time the Odyssey was the company’s most profitable product. it’s also considered the most popular.

Ralph Baer is also famous because of other popular toys, such as Simon. His light gun accessory, the Shooting Gallery is widely considered to be the first accessory for a video game console.

Ralph Baer continued his work in technology until his death. He was awarded with many awards such as:

  • In 2006, he was awarded with National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush.
  • In 2010, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
  • Ralph Baer had a BS degree in Television Engineering.

Ralph Baer’s death is a great loss for the entire industry.