View Full Version : The Man who invented video games
05-06-2003, 01:25 AM
Can you imagine a world without video games? Well you can thank this guy for making the video games market a reality.
Click here (http://money.cnn.com/2003/05/01/commentary/game_over/column_gaming/index.htm)
I remember my early gaming days. 5 years old growing up in the early 80s with Space Invaders on the ol 2600. And then C64 a few years later and Amiga a few years after that. Them were the days. And to think I owe it all to this guy. Can you imagine how life would have been without his pioneering efforts and contributions?
Heh, Ralph Baer... not many people can boast singlehandedly starting a multi-billion dollar industry from scratch, eh!
Hummmm....We think maybe Nolan Bushnell deserves a bit of the credit too. Read an interview with him here (http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/revolution/bushnell/i_a.html).
Want to know something funny?
Nolan Bushnell was the Chairman of VisCorp when I joined the Company in November 1994.
(Raquel and) Bill :-)
05-06-2003, 02:36 AM
Interesting articles guys. And it seems that
Bushnell drives a Mercedes...a true engineer
with a sense of class. ;)
05-06-2003, 03:10 AM
Nolan Bushnell was the Chairman of VisCorp when I joined the Company in November 1994
Maybe you should have sold it to the tramiels? :-P
05-06-2003, 03:52 AM
There is some disagreement about who really invented videogames. Sure, Ralph Baer was a pioneer, but William A. Higinbotham created a simple tennis game called "Tennis for two" in 1958, predating Baers work by a number of years.
Click here (http://www.emuunlim.com/doteaters/play1sta1.htm) for more information.
05-06-2003, 03:58 AM
that was at the same time that Carl Sassenrath
called the managment for VisCorp Incompetent to put it mildly.
How could he? it went belly up when the ED didn't get any orders.
Hi trgse, actually it was more complicated. Nolan left VisCorp in early 1995. He was removed by the Chaiman of VisCorp Jerry Greenburg, who was the primary funder of the ED and the initial Founder of VisCorp with Roger Remillard. Nolan filed a lawsuit against the Company because of this. Years later and long after Raquel and I were gone this lawsuit was settled.
If you interested, read this (http://www.ann.lu/comments2.cgi?show=1051968186&category=forum&number=31#comment) and then this (http://www.ann.lu/comments2.cgi?show=1051968186&category=forum&number=2#comment) and this (http://www.ann.lu/comments2.cgi?show=1051968186&category=forum&number=17#comment).
Carl left after he was paid the last time. We did not blame him. Everyone had been strung out -- us too. We raised these funds through the sale of equity VisCorp had received as a license fee from another company (Digi-something, we cannot remember) who bought and used the ED for hospitals. Originally, the equity in that Company was worth $1,000,000, but we sold it in a pinch for $500,000. We did have ED sales and we did license the technology to others. Anyway, we were all being squeezed by the "investment bankers." In the end, the Chairman went with them, abandoned us and Amiga, and we left. We just wish Carl had done a better job in his famous post lumping us in with the "management."
After the Escom disaster, VisCorp sold Raquel and I all the ED patents and took what was left of the Company and the technology and went into the satellite telephone business. Bob Wussler, the former President of CBS and for ten years the #2 of Ted Turner at CNN became the Chairman of VisCorp. When Iridium busted, VisCorp as a Iridium partner, was fully challenged. After a brief attempt to hitch on to Imarsat, they gave up and folded in late 1999/early 2000.
Want to know anything else? :-)
@tickly Jack Tramiel's son Leonard was interested, but they had the Jaguar at the time and they had their hands full. Believe it or not we even spoke to Irving Gould one night too about the whole situation...he was no longer interested.
Raquel and Bill
05-06-2003, 09:05 AM
Great articles, thanks everyone! I guess the debate could center on inventing video games versus the industry or the business end that brought gaming to the mass market. I think Nolan Bushnell had a hand in CDTV as well on a consultant basis; from all accounts this was one of his least lucrative deals and he really believed in the product. ;-)
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