The Father of Video Games

If you are a fan of vintage video games, then stop by your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of the Fall 2009 issue of American Heritage’s Invention and Technology magazine. Mark Wolverton has a great interview of Ralph Baer, the inventor of the Magnavox Odyssey video game, which was a forerunner of Atari Pong.

Baer first had his idea for the video game while working on early television test equipment, but it took 15 years before he started to develop the game and another five years before the game was released as a product.

Although you can read the article on the web, the magazine has many more photos and other interesting articles about the history of technology and is definitely worth the cover price.

Invention and Technology

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