Ralph Baer, one of the true pioneers in the world of video games, has died at age 92. Baer often was referred to as "the father of video games" for his early role in developing the video game console. He first explored the idea of playing games on a television screen in 1966. He finished his prototype for what would become the very first video game console, then dubbed the Brown Box, in 1968. In 1972, the Brown Box technology was used to unveil the magnavox Odyssey, the world's first commercial video game console. Baer also created the first video game light gun and game and in 1978 co-developed the memory game Simon. In 2006, Baer was awarded the National Medal of Technology for his work with video games, and inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2010.
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