Video Games: Where did they come from? | Stuff of Genius

Video Games: Where did they come from? | Stuff of Genius


(upbeat music) – [Narrator] Behold,
the video game console. Where did it come from? Meet Ralph Baer, born in Germany in 1922. His most famous invention is
the first video game console, called the Magnavox Odyssey. Although, Baer began chewing on this idea while working for a defense
company in New Hampshire, it wasn’t until several years later that he began to seriously
contemplate the notion. As a 29-year-old engineer
at a television company called Loral, Baer began cooking up games that could be played on a television set. After more experimentation and research, Baer was ready to apply his
innovation to television sets around the world. When Baer licensed his
innovations to Magnavox in 1971, the company immediately
produced the Odyssey, which could be plugged
directly into a television, although without sound. Within a few years, the
Odyssey was catching on and the inevitable lawsuits began.


21 thoughts on “Video Games: Where did they come from? | Stuff of Genius

  1. Was that it? The whole video? I found more information about video games on the shampoo bottle while taking a shit. C'mon guys this wasn't even worth the upload space.

  2. Tennis for two, naughts and crosses, space war, computer space, CRT amusement device. All before the odyssey. This may be the first console game but computer games are a decent bit older.

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