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!