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Ralph H. Baer, known as the father of video games, passed away on December 6th, according to friends close to him, at age 92.

Baer is best know for inventing the first home console. The “Brown Box”, which later turned into the Magnavox Odyssey , was the world’s first commercial home video game console and launched in 1972.

The success of the console spawned rivalries with competitors such as Atari and the industry that was created has evolved ever since. The inspiration for the iconic game “Pong” also came from Baer with his “Table Tennis” concept. This lead to Baer’s employers suing Atari for patent infringement.


Baer received several awards in his lifetime, but most notably, Baer was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States of America in 2006. He was also inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

Ralph H. Baer was a visionary and for millions of gamers around the world, he will always be remembered as one of true “Fathers of Gaming”

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends

Marc Henriksen

I played my first video game when I was 4 years old and I haven’t looked back since. If you can’t find me playing videogames, writing, or playing music, I’m probably dead.

  • At least they lived long enough to see the development of video games and technology.

  • He lived a long life, hopefully a happy one. Rest in peace, friend.

  • Invin

    I still have an issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly with a big section about him. That’s where I first learned about what he did.

  • I’m afraid you have a typo in the article.

    >President of the United States of American in 2006

    It’s a sad day. He was a really awesome dude.

  • Guest

    Thanks for pointing it out 🙂 Very sad. A true visionary!

  • Marc Henriksen

    My comment below. Just letting you know who wrote it 😀

  • destroy_all_monsters

    I had an Odyssey II! Thank you Ralph and much love to you.

    We owe you so much. 🙂

  • Marcus McCurdy

    That same issue is how I found out about him, as well. Wish I still had it (was thrown out due to water damage). Would LOVE to read it again in honor of him.

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  • Fenrir007

    Rest in peace, buddy. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and experiences you allowed us to have.

  • No worries! I hate to be a jerk 🙂