Ralph Baer, co-founder of the first home console, developer of the light gun and inventor of Simon, has passed away in his home at the ripe old age of 92.
The topic of who actually “invented” video games is somewhat disputed, but Baer is a top contender for Patriarch Of Gaming. He designed the “Brown Box”, which would become the Magnavox Odyssey console, and released it in 1972. The success of the system and its games were the catalyst for the first arcade machines, the development of Pong, and the beginnings of Atari.
Baer had a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers and continued to work on them well into retirement. At the time of his death, he had over 150 patents to his name.
It’s sad to see one of the founders of the industry meeting their end, and it’s also a reminder to all of us that we’re all getting older and witnessing the passing of an era. Rest in peace, man.