In today's main feature, Gamasutra catches up with Ralph Baer, creator of the Magnavox Odyssey and the game concept later known as Pong
, as he made a special appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York as the star of the Video Games 1.0 exhibition.
Among a number of comments made in an exclusive interview with Gamasutra, Baer noted of his relationship to Nolan Bushnell, who created Pong
based on Baer's concepts:
"I've met [Nolan Bushnell] only once. We were supposed to meet on several occasions, once to have a face-to-face play-off in Pong, but he never showed up."
When asked about what he thought of games today, Baer noted:
"I don't play them, they're too complicated. My grandkids recently got a racing game for their Xbox, and I tried playing it for 10 minutes, but couldn't. The controls were too much. I understand that the Xbox is supposed to have analogue controls, but it sure didn't feel that way", continuing: "They're too complicated for me. But not for today's kids."
You can now read the full Gamasutra feature on the subject
, including more wisdom from one of gaming's seminal figures (no registration required, please feel free to link to this feature from external websites).