Inventor Portrait: Ralph Baer (The Father of Video Games)


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Ralph Baer is often called the father of video games. His invention, the Magnavox Odyssey, was the first home console system. I photographed and interviewed him this summer as part of my ongoing series on inventors (the book and app for which will be out eventually I promise).

Since he turns 90 years old this week, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the video game, I chose for this video some bits from our interview in which we talk about, among other things, why he’s still inventing at 90 years old.

[David Friedman]





One Response to Inventor Portrait: Ralph Baer (The Father of Video Games)

  1. Oh dear Ralph, we owe him so much. Without him a hundred thousand hours of my childhood might have been misspent having my backside pwned at chess by my insufferable brother instead of screaming at Roger Wilco to stop dying. Pac Man would not have consumed a diet of my quarters and the words "you have awoken in a dark room, there is a candle on a table" would have no meaning. Truly a god among men, we salute you!