Without Ralph Baer, we wouldn’t know Video Games

Ralph Baer – The father of video games

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Who was Ralph Baer?

Baer was born in Germany at a critical period, before the outbreak of the Second World War, which prompted his family to move to the United States. A few years later, young Baer found himself working in an electronics company as a TV engineer. He thought of adding games as an additional feature to television screens and display them. His company needed to stay on par with other television companies, so the idea was rejected. Years passed as he worked for Sanders Associates, a company specializing in building military equipment, and the idea resurfaced. He wrote a letter and tried to use terms related to the company’s interest, as the term ‘games’ was used in the army, and this time he received support. His inventions didn’t stop after this creation, he contributed to the invention of the famous memory game Simon, in addition to 150 patents registered in his name.

 

Thinking outside the box and creating a magical one

His idea was a guaranteed start to an industry that exceeds $100 billion. In fact, the gaming industry outperforms the film and music industry combined. Ralph Baer worked on many prototypes before presenting what we see in the following picture, the first version of ‘Brown Box’ – the first home video game console licensed by Magnavox, which later became the blueprint for Magnavox Odyssey  

Ralph Baer's Brown Box
Ralph Baer’s Brown Box

 

Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox Odyssey

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The Red Door of Inspiration

In the basement of his home, Ralph Baer built a personal retreat. His workshop had its own character – a front wall, its own door, an address, and even a mailbox.

Ralph Baer's basement and his first workshop

 

In his late eighties, the museum wanted to acquire Baer’s workshop but he was still inventing, so the museum reached out again when he reached his nineties. They wanted to present his initial workshop set up in the museum and agreed to provide him with a much more modern workshop.

 

Ralph was sad when they packed the workshop and took it away to install it in the museum, yet he was excited that visitors from all over the world would be able to see the special place in his home that brought about the greatest innovation of his life!

 

Here you can see some prototypes and game consoles invented by Ralph Baer, which are currently housed in the National Museum of American History.

In 2014, Baer passed away at the age of 92. He once told PBS in 2013, “I am no different from a painter who sits there and loves what he does. Would you ask a guy who’s been painting all his life ‘why do you keep painting? Why don’t you retire?’ Retire to what? Stop painting? This is insane. Why would you want to do that?”

If we could look into Mr. Baer’s mind, I think we’d have an exciting ride in a world of adventure, thrill, games, and more! All thanks to his genius mind that paved the way for future gamers to follow, a gift of skill and talent.

Leading a promising future full of suspense and excitement for all gamers, we wonder how our favorite games would’ve been today without this historic invention!


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Kafu Games hosts Gamers Without Borders worth $2million prizes

Millions of gamers worldwide came together for a cause in this year’s Gamers Without Borders (GWB) presented by SAFEIS and hosted on Kafu Games, Hala Yalla’s ultimate esports platform for organizing, running, and managing online esports tournaments.

Kafu Games hosts 7 weeks of non-stop tournaments for gamers in Saudi Arabia with $2 million worth of giveaways in prizes. ESL, an international esports company, managed the global tournament with a $10 million prize fund which the winners will give to one of many international charities like WHO, KSRelief, Gavi – The Vaccine Alliance, and Direct Relief fighting on the front-line against the spread of coronavirus. 

 

Play

Apex Legends Tournament Banner at Gamers Without Borders

Started on 22nd April, the Gamers Without Borders season went on till 7th June on Kafu Games. Registrations were open for seven weeks of back-to-back daily and weekly tournaments on Kafu Games including solo, duo, and team championships for world-famous games like FIFA 20, PUBG, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Overwatch and more. Exclusive giveaways worth $2 million were provided by SAFEIS for gamers in Saudi Arabia. 

 

Watch

Some of the GWB tournaments were live-streamed on a separate portal created especially for the event. Watch your favorite gamers competing against each other here

 

Learn

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology also launched a learning portal called ‘The Academy: GWB’ for gaming webinars, prized hackathons, and training programs for all gamers participating in GWB. 

Kafu Games hosted the biggest esports season by SAFEIS and STC in April, for more than half a million riyals of prize pools. Over 23,130 players competed in multiple tournaments of PUBG, FIFA, Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Overwatch. 

SAFEIS choosing Kafu Games to host this year’s GWB season is a  prime example of the government supporting Saudi entrepreneurs and businesses as part of the pillars of Vision 2030. 

With it’s widening global reach and support from the Saudi government, Kafu Games aims to build an arena for esports as massive as regular sports, which in turn will develop and strengthen the growing gaming community.

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