Magnavox Odyssey Console Set

Inventor of video games dies at 92

Ralph Baer, Inventor of the video game dies at 92

March 8th 1922-December 6th 2014

An innovative inventor named Ralph Baer who had moved to this country to escape Nazi Germany began making a splash in the 60s and 70s.

His most famous and widely-selling invention was a light-up game called Simon. I’m sure you’ve heard of it?

But one day while waiting for a bus an idea came to him and the world as we know it was changed, especially for today’s youth.

The Magnavox Odyssey is what his game console was known as and it was the first of its kind. Unfortunately, its sales were no more than 100,000 units in its first year, but it paved the way for the gaming consoles that would follow.  

The console was released in 1972 and Baer himself had over 150 patents by the time of his death. Baer was given the National Medal of Technology in 2006. 

He is survived by his two sons, daughter and four grand children. His contribution to the way we interact with television will be with us for a long time.