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Video: Alcorn and Baer on making the Brown Box and Pong

In this GDC 2008 talk, Ralph Baer and fellow trailblazer Allan Alcorn (the creator of Pong) speak about how they went about creating the video game software and hardware that launched our industry.

December 8, 2014

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Engineer, inventor and 'father of video games' Ralph Baer passed away recently at the age of 92. Baer realized many accomplishments in his long life, including the development of the world's first commercial video game console. Originally known as the "Brown Box", it went on to be sold in 1972 as the Magnavox Odyssey. At GDC 2008, Baer and his fellow industry trailblazer Allan Alcorn (the creator of Pong) spoke at length about how they went about creating the video game software and hardware that launched our industry. Baer walks the audience through his life, the pieces of thought that brought him to play with televisions, and the design work that brought him to thinking of doing a 'pong' game on them. If you've not seen this seminal talk before, now's your chance: the free video (linked above) of 'How to Create an Industry: The Making of the Brown Box and Pong' is now available to watch here on the GDC Vault.

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