It may be the 40th anniversary of the Magnavox Odyssey game but it's about the 90th of birthday of mine….hard to believe. …and I'm still up-to-my ears in work.
I am still involved in inventing, designing hardware and writing software for electronic toys and games and have no intention of stopping unless my clock winds down… which will probably happen sooner rather than later.
I haven't been involved in videogame development since the last time, about four years ago, when I designed and licensed a substitute for a DDR mat that required no mat and talked wirelessly to the game box. Unfortunately, my licensee forgot to romance the potential customer at the required management level and the product dropped dead despite the fact that the licensee had spent a million dollars on its development.
Current videogame consoles, TV sets, laptops, iBooks, iPads and iPhones are nothing if not complete magic... and I am happy to see that Apple has finally developed software that lets us port MSFT Word files with photos and movies to iPad and iPhone.
I have been preaching the need for interactive tablets for textbooks and other form of books (like travel books) for 25 years and now THAT has happened… Games are just about one last step away from total realism… 3D, which I have been associated with for 50 years (I have a collection of family photos of thousands of 3-D slides) is also coming along rapidly.
Things are moving so fast it makes one's head spin.
Best, Ralph Baer
See a video of Ralph H. Baer speaking at "History of Video Games Timeline" launch event in Berlin - 29 July 2009