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Videogames: In The Beginning

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THE REAL STORY BEHIND VIDEOGAMES Long before there was a Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo Gamecube, there was the Magnavox Odyssey, the world’s first home videogame console. But the story of videogames predates the Odyssey by six years. It begins in 1966 when a television engineer named Ralph H. Baer sat down at a New York bus station and entered history. Video ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Rolenta Press
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May 28, 2013 Cale rated it it was ok
You don't often think about it, but Autobiographies are the perfect example of unreliable narrators in literature. The author's memories of the occasions are often colored by their perceptions and views, and the end result will be skewed in their favor. I noticed it quite a bit in this autobiography of Ralph Baer, the 'true' father of home console gaming. The book is very dry, focusing on technical details and a business internal politics, with gaming being more of a setting than a focus. There' ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok
I would give this book one star out of five if it didn't provide at least SOME interesting historical information about the advent of videogames in the 1960s and 1970s. Unfortunately, Ralph Baer seems to be the most megalomaniacal person in the history of the industry, as most of this entire book consists of him insisting ad nauseum that he is indeed the "father of videogames," raising the question of who else is really laying claim to that title in the first place (besides Nolan Bushnell of cou ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Emma rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, reference
This book goes into a lot of technical detail which is probably very interesting to engineers but rendered some passages unintelligible to me.

A bigger problem is that the author obviously feels aggrieved that Nolan Bushnell is generally credited with inventing videogames, and repeatedly shows that this is wrong by listing all the evidence that proves his case. A single explanation of this would have sufficed, and the endless repetition left me feeling very unsympathetic toward him.
Jul 19, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it
Loved the detail and diagrams, and the fight about who came up with the first video games.
Jan 13, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
A fascinating insight into the beginnings of video game technology by the man who helped invent the technology in the first place. A bit jabbing at Nolan Bushnell, but that's not entirely surprising.
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