Ralph Baer, the man who created the world’s first video game system, has passed away at the age of 92.
As a German immigrant who escaped with his family during the beginning of the Nazi Regime in 1935, Baer began experimenting with the idea of playing games on TV screens in the mid '60s. Baer spearheaded the creation of the Brown Box, which would be licensed and sold commercially as the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972, as the first commercial video game system in the world. In addition to the Magnavox Odyssey, Baer was also the inventor of the light gun and co-creator of the incredibly popular Milton Bradley games Simon and Super Simon. Baer was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2004 for his role in pioneering the video game industry.
Although he was in his early 90s, Baer never stopped working, and he continued inventing until the very end. Check out the video above to see Baer's 2013 interview for PBS Inventors, in which he discusses his role in the development of the Magnavox Odyssey, and why he continued to invent into his 90s.