Ralph Baer, regarded as the father of video games, has passed away at the age of 92. Baer was a well known inventor and held over 150 patents for his many inventions. Baer is also known for designing the machine that would become the worlds first video games console, the Magnavox Odyssey.
Baer was born in Germany in 1922 to his Jewish family who later fled to America in 1938, just a few months before the Kristallnacht attacks began. Baer worked in electronics in America and in 2006 he was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President George W. Bush for his work in pioneering the games industry. If it weren’t for Mr Baer, the gaming industry would look very different today. We’re very glad his work was recognized and that he was able to see video games evolve from the days of Pong to the amazing games we have today. Below you can watch a video of Baer playing Pong in 1969.