Ralph H. Baer: The Inventor of First Home Video Game System has Passed Away

By   /   Dec 8, 2014

Every week, we spend hours playing, reading or writing about games. For us gamers, video games are more than a hobby or a way to pass time. It’s a form of art which often has a very compelling story behind it.

For some, it’s even a way to learn more about history itself.

Gaming has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry, apart from great adventures, games provide jobs and most of all we love to be a part of it all.

Considering all this, it’s only  fair that we show our appreciation to people who played a huge part in providing solid grounds, for this industry to be build upon.

One such personality was Ralph H. Baer. He is considered “the father of video games.” For those of you who don’t know, he created and patented the first home video game system.

Sadly, the great inventor is no longer among us. Ralph H. Baer has passed away at the age of 92.

Baer was an electronics engineer who started working on a prototype for the first video game box, in the late 1960’s. While employed at Sanders Associates, Baer and his employer patented the first home video game system.

In early 1970’s, Sanders Associates licenced this system to Magnavox, who began selling the product under the name of Odyssey in 1972.

Thus, laying the foundation of our industry. Baer was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame back in 2010. On the occasion he stated:

“People thought I was wasting my time and the company’s money for that matter, there’s no way anybody could have predicted how fast this industry would take off.”

Surely, at that time no one would have known how much this industry will grow, thankfully, Sanders Associates saw the potential in Baer’s idea and funded it.

Ralph H. Baer was on of the greatest inventors of his time and was a major part of the history of video games. He will always live-on in our memories.