The creator of the first ever video game, Ralph Baer ended the game of life at 92. Baer’s death was announced on the gaming website Gamasutra, by sources close to him. His invention was the first ever made video game console, which is the blueprint for all the Xboxes and also all PlayStations till date. Baer, in his entire long term career of video gaming, has had 150 patents.
He has been a winner of heaps of awards and honors in the world of gaming since its very inception. In 2006, Baer won the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush, and an induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010.
Apple computers co-founder Steve Wozniak’s quote displayed on Baer’s website states, “ I can never thank Ralph enough for what he gave to me and everyone else.” Baer was passionate about invention, even in his last days. He had a passion for creating new products. In an interview with the Verge in 2012, Baer stated, “I still get a big charge out of making something work.” In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune in 2011, on the creation of his first video game, he said, “Could I project how far this thing was going to go? The answer’s obviously no. Nobody realized, even at that time, that we were on this geometric curve … that would go straight up to heaven. It was unforeseeable; it was fantastic. I’m glad it happened. And if I hadn’t had started it, someone else would have.”
Baer was a German immigrant, and had built the Brown Box in the late 1960s. The Brown Box hit the markets in 1972. It was called the Magnavox Odyssey and had a main electronic unit that connected to a television screen, two player control units that enabled user interaction, and insertable electronic cards that held different games.