1966: A Big Year for Video Games

An afternoon with Ralph Baer, the “Father of Video Games.”

By Joe Grand

IMET RALPH BAER A FEW YEARS AGO. I had just finished writing my book Game Console Hacking, and, given that Ralph is regarded as the “Father of Video Games,” he was an obvious choice to seek out to write the foreword. To my surprise, Ralph accepted the challenge and we’ve been friends, co-inventors, and business partners ever since.

At 84 years of age, Ralph’s thirst for inventing shows no sign of being quenched. He has invented hundreds of video games and toys, including the Magnavox Odyssey, Simon, and Computer Perfection.

What follows are selected questions and answers from an afternoon I spent with Ralph in his Manchester, N.H., home in ...

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