Top 10 fantasy freaks and gaming geeks
4. Ralph Baer
Back in 1966, in Nashua, N.H., Baer was working for a defense contractor and developed something he called the "Brown Box." The technology was licensed to Magnavox and, in 1972, a new product was unleashed on the public: the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console game that could be played on your average black and white television set. He also invented the first light gun for shooting games. What about Pong, you ask? Baer's tennis game predated Atari's by three years. All these firsts earn Baer the title "The Father of Video Games" – plus Corruptor of Teenage Minds and Waster of Quarters and Time.