Ralph Baer, a true inventor and pioneer, has died. Baer was responsible for developing the first video game console, essentially shaping games as we know them and helping create the medium that we all share enjoyment of. He became known as “the father of video games”.
He explored the possibility of playing video games on a TV screen, going on to develop the Brown Box – a prototype for what would be sold as the Magnavox Odyssey, the first commercial home console. This was essentially laying the foundations of an entertainment medium which is extremely strong and popular today – the reason I’m here writing this article, and the reason you’re on this very site.
Further achievements include inventing the Light Gun – surely shaping the way for the extremely popular Wii remote – as well as the memory game Simon.
Baer passed away at his home on December 6th according to sources close to his family. TSA extends our condolences to his family and friends, and thank Ralph Baer for creating a wonderful thing which we can enjoy every day with ease thanks to our consoles.