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Ralph Baer

Ralph Baer, inventor of the first home video game console system, died yesterday at 92.

While working at a defense contracting company in 1966, Baer had the idea of a system that would allow people to play games on television sets. His invention became the Magnavox Odyssey, released in 1972, ahead of Atari's Pong, often mistaken as the first gaming system.

The Odyssey was Baer's first, but his most popular device was the handheld Simon game.

It may be a stretch to say Baer's innovations paved the road to the Internet, but for an elementary school kid who would go on to work in web development as an adult, his devices helped spark an interest that's never been extinguished.

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