Ralph H. Baer, ‘Father Of Home Video Games,’ Dead At 92

If you’ve ever spent a few hours in front of the television playing video games, hit the pause button and take a moment to thank Ralph Baer.

Bear, who developed the first home video game system, died on Saturday at the age of 92.

In the late 1960s, Baer developed a system known as the “Brown Box” while working for Sanders Associates, a New Hampshire-based defense contractor.

People thought I was wasting my time and the company’s money for that matter,” said Baer on his 2010 induction in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. “There’s no way anybody could have predicted how fast this industry would take off.”

Here he is testing the device in 1969:

Licensed to Magnavox, Baer’s invention was released in 1972 as the Odyssey — and TV was forever changed from something we watch to something we can interact with. Within a few years, video game systems would find their way into millions of homes.

Along with the Brown Box, Baer invented the first light gun accessory. He’s also the co-creator of the light-up memory games Simon and Super Simon.

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