Today in Manchester they unveiled a statue of home video game pioneer Ralph Baer, about whom I have written many times. It shows him sitting on a bench playing with the “brown box” that was the first iteration of what eventually became Maganvox Odyssey, the first play-games-on-your-TV system.
It’s OK, I guess – you can see a picture of it below, with one of his sons and a couple of his grandkids alongside – but what was cleverer was the way it was hidden.
As shown in the photo above this article, they encased it in a big box pained to look like an old-fashioned console TV set playing TV Tennis, the first game he developed. (No, it’s not Pong – that was the variant from Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and one of Ralph’s arch enemies.) Very clever!