Father of Video Games Ralph Baer passes away at 92

The technology community is now lamenting the death of video game console pioneer Ralph Baer.  The German-American has died at age 92 on his home last Saturday.

The Manchester, New Hampshire resident created video games such as Pong and Simon.

Baer opened the electronic gaming floodgate when he spearheaded a team that created the first ever home video game console which is the Magnavox Odyssey

Baer along with his family migrated to the United States to escape the dreaded Holocaust. He worked as a chief engineer for Sanders Associates, which is now named as BAE Systems and began developing television games in the 60’s that give rise to the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.

Although the Magnavox Odyssey was eventually humbled by Japanese-based Atari home consoles, Ralph Baer’s priceless contributions in the industry are priceless. In February 2006, Baer who is also considered as the “Father of Video Games,” was bestowed with the much-coveted National Medal of Technology. President George W. Bush personally handed out the medal for Baer’s novel and revolutionary creation, development and commercialization of interactive video games.”

The technology community is now lamenting the death of video game console pioneer Ralph Baer.  The German-American has died at age 92 on his home last Saturday.

The Manchester, New Hampshire resident created video games such as Pong and Simon.

Baer opened the electronic gaming floodgate when he spearheaded a team that created the first ever home video game console which is the Magnavox Odyssey

Baer along with his family migrated to the United States to escape the dreaded Holocaust. He worked as a chief engineer for Sanders Associates, which is now named as BAE Systems and began developing television games in the 60’s that give rise to the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.

Although the Magnavox Odyssey was eventually humbled by Japanese-based Atari home consoles, Ralph Baer’s priceless contributions in the industry are priceless. In February 2006, Baer who is also considered as the “Father of Video Games,” was bestowed with the much-coveted National Medal of Technology. President George W. Bush personally handed out the medal for Baer’s novel and revolutionary creation, development and commercialization of interactive video games.”

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