Tag Archives: Ralph Baer

Paying homage to the “Father of Video Games” Maker style

Sadly, the “Father of Video Games” has passed away at the age of 92. Ralph Baer was a prolific inventor who earned more than 150 patents in his lifetime, in addition to having created the precursor to both Pong and the electronic memory game Simon. The true pioneer went on to develop the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. Credited as the the first home gaming console, the Odyssey was battery powered, and featured a controller with two knobs to move horizontally and vertically.

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A Maker in every sense of the word, the Father of Video Games’ legacy has surely inspired countless others to pursue their ideas. In fact, we have decided to pay tribute to Baer by compiling some of our favorite video game-inspired DIY projects…

Turning a storefront into a arcade game

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Competing in the world’s largest online Mastermind game

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Saying goodbye to thumb cramps on 3DS

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Playing Tetris on your t-shirt

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Modding a speech-controlled Game Boy Advance

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Retro gaming with the Magpi

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Configuring an 8x8x8 LED cube as a Space Invaders game

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Recreating the retro game of Pong

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Playing Tekken on a piano

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Devising a dead-icated Splatterhouse arcade game

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Gaming it up on Gameduino 2

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Drawing actual blood every time your character bleeds

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Hacking 8-bit chiptunes with this DIY instrument

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Playing Doom on a hacked printer

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Turning your Moto 360 into a classic 007 smartwatch

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Reliving the days of 8-bit gaming with Uzebox

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Wearing Tetris on your wrist

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Making your own credit-card sized gaming console

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Ralph, you will certainly be missed!

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