RIP Ralph Baer

Video game legend Ralph Baer passed away this weekend. If you don’t know who he is, I recommend watching this short video by PBS. As you’ll soon learn, much of what we do in the video game industry is a direct result of many of his inventions.

I was fortunate to have spent a Sunday afternoon with him earlier this year at his home in New Hampshire, where he agreed to be a guest on my podcast and show me around his workshop. Here is a never before seen photo of Ralph and I in his lab, playing on the “brown box” – the prototype that would go on to become the Magnavox Odyssey.

It was a magical afternoon that I shall remember for the rest of my life.

Thank you for everything Ralph and rest in peace.

New York Times obituary here