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  My day with Ralph Baer  (Read 8959 times)
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Offline ChrisM

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« Posted 2006-04-18 17:59:35 »


Thought you may be interested to see some photos and video of my day at Ralph Baer's home Smiley  For those that are too young Wink, Ralph Baer is THE father of the video game industry.  He created the first home videogame system in 1967 back ad Sanders Associates and the technology became the Magnavox Odyssey.  I got to actually play on the 40 year old ORIGINAL Brown Box prototype against it's creator.  AWESOME!

Check it out here:


Offline Matzon

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I'm gonna wring your pants!

« Reply #1 - Posted 2006-04-18 20:48:23 »

Damn you!  Grin
nice pics - love the vidclips from the 70'ies

Offline Tzan

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2006-04-19 01:15:23 »

Wow, awsome stuff Chris!

I'm saving a copy of those old demo clips.
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Offline K.I.L.E.R

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2006-04-19 06:39:37 »

Very interesting.

*Off to tell some friends*

Is there a name for a "redneck" programmer?

Unemployed. Wink
Offline erikd

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2006-04-25 07:07:32 »

Wow, that must have been a great experience!

Here's a nice article on the odyssey and Ralph Baer:

Offline Mr_Light

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2006-05-09 15:28:50 »

I feel young again horray  Grin

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Offline Schabby

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2006-09-10 15:36:47 »

Hehe, not exactly my generation anymore but thanks for the history lesson!  Grin

What's the gun doing on this photo? Smiley

Offline tortoise

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2006-09-10 15:37:59 »

What's the gun doing on this photo? Smiley

It's a light gun, ala the NES zapper. Technically light guns are easy to implement, so Ralph made one for his console.
Offline Schabby

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The Receding Brow Worm will eat your code!

« Reply #8 - Posted 2006-09-10 15:48:33 »

A light gun in the seventies? Doesn't it require complicated sensors? How does it work?

Offline meshounah

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2007-11-30 04:01:56 »

the light gun(the NES one) works by the game first replacing the sprite to shoot with a big white box and the light gun reports whether it detected this box... however IIRC the NES gun will not work on digital T.Vs due to the refresh rate.
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Online princec

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« Reply #10 - Posted 2008-06-22 18:39:05 »

(Think it's time the sticky was taken off this one)

Cas Smiley

Offline h3ckboy
« Reply #11 - Posted 2009-02-09 16:27:01 »

sweet. how long has this been sticky?  but heck it is cool.
Offline ChrisM

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« Reply #12 - Posted 2009-02-09 18:26:36 »

Sticky for a long time, and it will stay that way Smiley  A lot of people have been able to discover the materials and they have made their way to other sites.  Because it is a historical collection of sorts, I'll keep a pin in this Smiley


Offline h3ckboy
« Reply #13 - Posted 2009-02-09 18:58:00 »

OK, but really though how long haas it been up?
Offline lhkbob

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« Reply #14 - Posted 2009-03-06 22:20:47 »

Since April 18, 2006, when the first post occurred.

Offline h3ckboy
« Reply #15 - Posted 2009-03-07 08:04:34 »

wow Shocked, that is a long time sticky.
Offline appel

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« Reply #16 - Posted 2009-03-25 01:45:37 »

I remember spending a day with Alan Cox and Eric Raymond almost a decade ago. Myself and other buddies got these guys to visit us and give talks at computer and Linux-dedicated conferences.

It's fun to stand in the presence of these guys, one of the main developers of Linux and one of the brain behind the open-source movement. But oh man, if I ever became famous like them, please don't make me look (or smell) like them! Smiley

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