National Inventors Hall of Fame Inducts Video Game Trailblazer Ralph Baer

Ralph Baer, the illustrious video game pioneer who led development of the technology behind the Magnavox Odyssey and helped usher in a new era of home television entertainment, has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Editorial outlet Gamasutra's coverage of the honor quotes Baer recollecting the uncertainty about such a venture.

People thought I was wasting my time and the company's money for that matter...There's no way anybody could have predicted how fast this industry would take off.

Widely known as the "Father of Video Games," Baer also has some other claims to fame. He helped develop the very first light-gun peripheral for gaming on a home television, which was bundled in with a game expansion pack for the Odyssey, called Shooting Gallery. He also invented the color and tone-matching memory game, Simon, and the lesser-know 'TV Teddy,' an interactive stuffed bear.

Baer has been the recipient of numerous other awards for his achievements, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation presented in 2006 by President George W. Bush and the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award in 2007.

You can check out a complete list of the other 2010 inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame here, which includes fifteen other enterprising individuals like GPS pioneer Roger Easton, "noted" inventor of Post-its, Arthur Fry, and the late co-inventor of the modern diving regulator, Jaques Cousteau.

From The Chatty
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    April 2, 2010 12:10 PM

    Good for him. I love it when people pursue their dreams, even when others are in the background saying you are wasting your time.

    Even Hideo Kojima was criticized - a stealth game? That will never take off lol

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