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Ralph Baer, 'Father of Video Games' dies aged 92

Video game pioneer passes away

Ben Gourlay | Dec 7, 2014 at 05:00 pm CST (0 mins, 43 secs reading time)

Some sad news today, with news of the death of video game figurehead Ralph Baer, aged 92.

Often referred to as the 'Father of Video Games', Baer was a pioneer of what became a multi billion dollar industry, when in 1966 he developed the world's first video game console, known as the "Brown Box" which was sold to the Magnavox company, and marketed as the Magnavox Oddyssey. The success of the console drew attention by competitors, including Nolan Bushnell's Atari, who took Baer's table tennis game and reconfigured into 'Pong'.

Ralph Baer, 'Father of Video Games' dies aged 92 | TweakTown.com

Baer also developed the very first video game peripheral; a light gun for the Maganavox, which was bundled with the 'Shooting Gallery' game for the Odyssey. A prolific inventor, Baer held over 150 video game related patents at the time of his death.

Vale Ralph Baer. You are in the thoughts of gamers worldwide today.

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Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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