Ralph Baer

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Ralph Baer

INVENTORS

THIS IS ..(RALPH BAER)..

6 FACT ABOUT...

Because of Baer’s invention, the gaming industry is now a billion dollar business and growing. His contribution to gaming technology serves as the catalyst for the modern video game consoles we see today.

BIGGEST SUCCESS

President George W. Bush presents a National Medal of Technology, Monday, Feb. 13, 2006 to Ralph H. Baer of Manchester, N.H., during ceremonies in the East Room of the White House. Baer was honored for his groundbreaking and pioneering creation, development and commercialization of interactive video games.White House photo by Eric Draper

LASTING IMPACT

In 1967, Ralph Baer and his colleagues at Sanders Associates, Inc. developed a prototype for the first multiplayer, multiprogram video game system. Since Sanders hoped to license the technology for a commercial venture, Baer understood that the games had to be fun or investors and consumers would not be interested. In an oral history interview (copies available in the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History), Ralph Baer recalled, “The minute we played ping-pong, we knew we had a product. Before that we weren’t too sure.”


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