Magnavox Odyssey creator and video gaming pioneer Ralph Baer has donated decades worth of diagrams, schematics, notes and patent documents to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG), the organization announced today.
The collection illuminates Baer's career in the electronics and toy industries since 1960, from 1968's video tennis playing "Brown Box" prototype to 1972's cartridge-based Odyssey console, and on through the creation of countless toys and electronics, including the seminal electronic game Simon
"I am very pleased to see these materials preserved and very much aware of the importance of ICHEG’s efforts to preserve these and other materials that document the history of electronic games," Baer said in a statement.
ICHEG's collection also includes papers from M.U.L.E. creator Dani Bunten Berry
as well as magazines and games donated by media outlet 1UP
Part of Rochester's Strong Museum of Play, ICHEG's collection includes over 26,000 games, selections from which have been displayed and playable as part of the museum's 5,000 sq. ft. eGameRevolution exhibit
Baer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Technology
in 2006, won a Game Developers Choice Award
in 2008 and was inducted into the Inventor's Hall of Fame