Ralph Baer, who is best known for creating the first home console system, isn't all that pleased with today's often violent video games. In an interview that appears in the lifestyle section of the Salt Lake Tribune, he goes so far as to call modern day violent video games a 'disgrace.'
In 1967 Baer invented a device called the Brown Box, which featured two corded controllers and a game system preloaded with a number of simple games that could be hooked up to a television set. Five years later Baer perfected his original design and released it to the public as the Magnavox Odyssey. While the Magnavox Odyssey was not as popular as future game systems from the likes of Atari and others, it served as a starting point for the home console industry.
Baer reflected on his work and how along the industry has come since his breakthrough device in a recent interview with the Salt Lake Tribune:
"Could I project how far this thing was going to go? The answer’s obviously no. Nobody realized, even at that time, that we were on this geometric curve … that would go straight up to heaven," Baer told the Salt Lake Tribune. "It was unforeseeable; it was fantastic. I’m glad it happened. And if I hadn’t had started it, someone else would have."
"I knew how television sets worked because I designed and built them. I knew how studio equipment works. I knew how the transmitter works. I had used test equipment that creates bars and rectangles on the screen. So putting stuff on the screen was no mystery. It was natural. But doing something with it, that was the ‘eureka,’" he said.
When asked about today's games and their levels of violence Baer didn't mince any words:
"I think it’s a disgrace," he said. "What I created got abominated. You can see the same thing in music, literature, art — any form of art.”
Baer is certainly entitled to his opinion (and he's earned it), but we are a long way from 1967. Source: IndustryGamers