The First Television Video Game Played in 1969

IEEE Life Fellow Ralph Baer pioneered home video games

5 May 2014

Long before Xbox, PlayStation, and the Wii, there was the Brown Box, invented by IEEE Life Fellow Ralph Baer. Known as the “Father of the Home Video Game,” he came up with the idea for the home console for video games in the 1950s, but it wasn’t until 1968 that Baer and colleagues at Sanders Associates, in Nashua, N.H., finished a prototype. In this video, Baer and colleague Bill Harrison play a ping-pong video game, the first game to be played on a television set.

Learn more about Baer and other IEEE Fellows who helped advance gaming systems in “Games From the Masters.”

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