It finally happened. I know we just shit fling a lot in here, but i hope we can put that aside for one thread and just pay our respects to the man who quite literally started it all.
Press F, /v/. Pay your respects.
>want to have my own video game talk show
>I'm a literal nobody
>Find a radio station willing to host my talk show (for a fee)
>decide I want to prove my sincerity by starting from the very beginning
>Ask Ralph Baer for an interview
>he asks when and where and he'll do it
>Plan falls through due to financing
>I never told Mr Baer because I was too ashamed.
Hope he received an S-Rank at the results screen.
My childhood was the result of one man's ingenuity.
If no sticky, mods confirmed fags.
Also, F. R.I.P in piece and thank you for opening the door to the creation of one of my favorite hobbies.
Captcha: and nnngg
He's ponging in heaven, now, Anons, supping on doritodew soup with xXxChristxXx himself.
>Baer recounted that in an early meeting with a patent examiner and his attorney to patent one of the prototypes, he had set up the prototype on a television in the examiner's office and "within 15 minutes, every examiner on the floor of that building was in that office wanting to play the game"
He was, truly, the lord of vidya games
Thanks for making a hobby that manchildren would use to create a movement dedicated to harrassing women.
Thanks for making the world less safe for PoC because you've made a form of communication that benefits racism.
Thanks to the universe that you're dead, white scum.
Rest easy. We'll take good care of your video games.
If you went back in time and told Baer that 1) video games would, by the time of his eventual demise, be a bigger industry that TV and radio, and 2) The highest selling game ever revolves around the inner turmoil of a bisexual, sociopathic redneck thief and spree killer who helps two guys kill CIA agents, do you think he'd be elated or immediately kill himself?
Moot realized /pol/ was a shithole and all they talked about about were jews, shills, and sjw so he made a bunch of wordfilters and shit to fuck with them and he's probably going to shut down the board soon.
not like it hasn't happened before
OP's article just links to gamestura, which just mentions "independent sources close to Baer"
After great pain a formal feeling comes--
The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs;
The stiff Heart questions--was it He that bore?
And yesterday--or centuries before?
The feet, mechanical, go round
A wooden way
Of ground, or air, or ought,
A quartz contentment, like a stone.
This is the hour of lead
Remembered if outlived,
As freezing persons recollect the snow--
First chill, then stupor, then the letting go.
>The highest selling game ever revolves around the inner turmoil of a bisexual, sociopathic redneck thief and spree killer who helps two guys kill CIA agents
I had no idea Tetris had this much of a backstory
I thought William Higinbotham was the father of videogames. He made tennis for 2 in the 50's.
you have doomed us all, mister
I would like to share my personal Ralph H. Baer story.
A little over 5 Years ago, I decided I wanted to get the autograph someone who was sorta famous, but was definitely a industry visionary. Who's autograph did I want? Ralph H. Baer.
It all started on evening of March 12, 2009. I sent Mr. Baer a email asking him if I could have his autograph. 19 minutes later, I get a response from him. He told me to send him a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE), and he would sent me back a signed photo. You can only image the rush of excitement I got when I got that email.
Two weeks later, I sent off a padded bubble mailer with another self addressed one inside. I also sent a note along with it, a note I expected to never see again. (Besides the digital copy stored on my computer.)
A week later, I got the self addressed mailer back with a singed photo in it. But that was not the only thing that came with it. The note I sent him was also sent back, with a short personal message included and his initials.
Getting the signature was cool enough, but that little personal message? That made the whole thing a whole lot more meaningful. Mr. Baer didn't have to to do that, and I sure wasn't expecting it either. It gave me a sense of what kind of man he was. Someone who was happy to see that people cared, and was appreciative of that.
Here are the scans of the photo and the note:
Rest in Peace Mr. Baer. Thank you for all the inventions you created for this world. Your visionary mind will be truly missed.
Thank you ralph for ruining my life but also enhancing it and making experiences I would never be able to see otherwise
Moot shat up the board BEFORE removing captcha. He's trying to destroy it in a really passive aggressive manner in order to impress his Gawker girlfriend.
>s-see? i own this site... they listen to m-me... can we hold h-hands now?
>Robin Williams gets a sticky and people get depressed over it
>the FUCKING INVENTOR of video games just gets a thread spammed with the Pay Respects meme
I used to read Game Informer a lot as a kid since I had no internet, and I distinctly remember that in one interview, his biggest regret was that he would not see the advancements of video games 10 years from 20??
The guy seemed to have disliked modern video game violence, though he wasn't a prick about it. He also commented on how mainstream games were mostly interactive movies, though it's not his industry anymore and he likes that they can be taken seriously by adults and scoffs at the notion that they are only for kids.
Seems like a really standup guy, he was also working a full time job all the way till the end.
In the same sense that Burch had a wife.
It's /v/. A thread full of meme-eulogies ironically criticizing the state of the industry whilst expressing true regret and positive sentiment is about the most appropriate send-off we could give someone we actually respect.
The Robin-sticky was meta.
Thank you for giving me a reason to live.
>Old, ugly, straight white cis Christian male from the baby boomers era of America
Gross!... I don't care what he did, he is just... ugh. How do I say this... He is everything that is wrong with video games and it makes no surprise that every single video game until 2012 had catered to him and shitty people like him.
Thank you Ralph Baer. My life is literally devoid of all hope and meaning. i prolong my existence only for the videogames that await on the horizon forevermore.
But isn't the father of video games wrong through? He fathered the video game console when he invented what would become the Magnevox Odyssey, but games like Tennis For Two and SpaceWars! were around for over 5 years before he invented the console.
He did, whoever, revolutionize home entertainment
You know with all the shit we complain about, if it wasn't for this man we all wouldn't would have never experienced all of these awesome worlds people has brought to life.
And Yeah some are betters then others for sure. But if it is always nice to see how far we have come.
My condolences to Ralph Baer's Family and Friends.
Most of all to Ralph him self "Father Of Videogames"
>literally happened today
>considered a part of internet culture already
>He died before the crash
>He will never see vidya return to its former glory
Just like everyone on /v/.
I pray for the day that the whole "CIS white scum" phase passes.over. it's ibcredibly unfunny.
Also, cool how this guy got to stick around all these years to witness the Blossom, the Crash, the Golden Years, and the Stale years all in all.
Rest in Peace, you glorioys bastard, you.
I believe there's a 6 foot deep hole some where just about your size, i think it time to go.
I don't think it's possible to really "father" something. Many similar ideas exist at the same time, most often competing to get on the Market first. Stuff like the NES, Pacman and Donkey Kong? Something else would have done the same thing if they hadn't come along. It's happened throughout history too.
Pong is pretty cool though.
>We will all die before videogames are about fun again and not "art"
If Ralph had a meme on here, the mods would be all over stickying a thread about his death.
and he died watching it die and become piece of shit...
>on his deathbed
>looks at latest releases
>cisquisition, CAWWDOODY, rehash, hd reboot, rehash, movie games
>"what have I created"
>last moments alive is seeing how his industry has fallen to large corporations running the show and the players are all meme spouting lets play watchers
You can't be serious.
Who would've though such an under appreciated man would have so much impact in the life of millions around the world over, to the point where entire subcultures would form around the concept of a "videogame" and millions of lonely people could shitpost on an anime imageboard rip-off. Best of wishes for his family.
>Ralph won't get a sticky
>the anti-christ of video games will
but there's no "F" on an Odyssey controller
What the fuck killed him? All the news articles avoid what his problem was.
show him a clip from stick of truth where you perform an abortion on a man disguised as a woman, mess it up by vacuuming too long and sucking up his testicle then die shot by government agents covering up a spaceship crash that spread a nazi zombie virus.
I'm not gonna lie, the more I think about it the more depressed I get. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have had some of the best experiences of my life, wouldn't have met some of my best friends, and wouldn't have had the daily joy/misery of browsing /v/. F in peace you magnificent bastard.
>wife died just a few days before he got a cool award
>all of his friends are already dead
>lived in his house over 70 years
>still tinkering around to make things because it's what makes him happy
It was time, but I think he was ready.
consoles were always pretty shit, especially in the late 90s when PC graphics cards came down in price
really, the Dreamcast was the last "good" console, the PS2 was only good because from 2005-2012 you could walk into any gamestop and get 30 games + console for $100