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Ralph Baer, father of Odyssey, world’s first video 3 years, 1 month ago #4003

There's a lot of articles on this going around but I thought it was worth posting this one for discussion.

www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ralph-...92-article-1.2037216

There's also a neat summary of his inventions here:

arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/12/in-the-be...of-the-game-console/

Can't say I ever used an Odyssey. However, I've definitely played Simon and Maniac... sad to see him go, but also quite nostalgic to reflect on his inventions (although I'm an 80's baby).

A nice grandpa quote on ars as well...

“[Violence] is what appeals to large segments of the game-playing population and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it,” he said. “The fact that there are many areas of that business that I personally find abhorrent is irrelevant.” The root of the problem, says Baer, lies with “contemporary society.”


Bloody contemporary society and their violence!

Re: Ralph Baer, father of Odyssey, world’s first video 3 years, 1 month ago #4004

Almost everything he did of note was before my time, but he's long struck me as an extraordinary man who certainly had a big role in creating the video game industry.

I love that he kept working on his inventions and personal projects right to the end. Idleness is a sure-fire way to destroy the mind prematurely.

Has anyone here actually spent any significant time with the Odyssey?

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