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Ralph Baer, 90-year-old Video Game Pioneer

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This is an excellent short profile of video game pioneer Ralph Baer. He’s 90 and still inventing.


“I still get a big charge out of making something work. I write the hardware, I push a button, I put it into the microprocessor and it works. Ahhh… beautiful.”

Ralph Baer is often called the father of video games. His invention, the Magnavox Odyssey, was the first home console system. I photographed and interviewed him this summer as part of my ongoing series on inventors (the book and app for which will be out eventually I promise).

Since he turns 90 years old this week, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the video game, I chose for this video some bits from our interview in which we talk about, among other things, why he’s still inventing at 90 years old.

Director David Friedman says, “This video is part of an ongoing series of photo and video portraits of contemporary inventors from all walks of life.”

14 thoughts on “Ralph Baer, 90-year-old Video Game Pioneer

  1. People forget its the old guys who made technology happen, its youth that encompassed it….”Old Guys Rule”

  2. He is with out a doubt one of the great names in the field of electronics. I remember reading an article about him in the 90’s while I was still in high school. It got me interested in electronics as a hobby.

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Mark Frauenfelder is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Make: magazine, and the founder of the popular Boing Boing blog.

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