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!

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Breadlover
Breadlover
5 years ago

Thank you for the games Ralph! You will not be forgotten~!

Lone Wanderer
Lone Wanderer
5 years ago

Without him,we would not have known the greatness that is video games. You will be sorely missed. Requiescat de pace, Ralph Baer…

Shauneepeak
Shauneepeak
5 years ago

Rest in Peace, it's hard to imagine a world without video games.

Underdog15
Underdog15
5 years ago

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.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
5 years ago

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

Underdog15
Underdog15
5 years ago

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

Rachet_JC_FTW
Rachet_JC_FTW
5 years ago

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