The “father of video games,” Ralph Baer, has died at the age of 92.
Although his family confirmed his death, no other details were offered.
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.”