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Ralph Baer, the father of video games, dies at the age of 92

The “father of video games,” Ralph Baer, has died at the age of 92.

The German-American video game pioneer died Saturday at his home in Manchester, N.H.

Although his family confirmed his death, no other details were offered.

Baer first explored using televisions to play games in 1966. It was his work that led to the creation of the Odyssey games console.

TV-maker Magnavox licensed the Odyssey which went on sale in 1972. It was the Odyssey that inspired other companies to create their own gaming consoles, the first of which was the Atari.

He was born in Germany and came to the United States with his family before the Second World War.

Baer invented many popular electronic games and had more than 150 patents in his name at the time of his death.

He was awarded the National Medal of Technology 10 years ago for “his groundbreaking and pioneering creation, development and commercialization of interactive video games, which spawned related uses, applications, and mega-industries in both the entertainment and education realms.”

(Via the BBC)

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