Happy Birthday ! Today is the 41´th Anniversary of the Odyssey!January 27, 2013
In 1966, Ralph H. Baer came up with the concept of a "television gaming apparatus." This device included both a chase game and a video tennis game and could be attached to a normal television set. There were about 40 million TV sets in the U.S. homes alone in 1966, to say nothing of many more millions of TV sets in the rest of the world. They were literally begging to be used for something other than watching commercial television broadcasts!
It took several years and numerous false starts, but in 1970, Baer showed the game to Magnavox, which signed a licensing agreement the following year. Then, on January 27, 1972, Magnavox launched Baer's "Brown Box" technology as the Odyssey video game console - the world's first home video game system. Priced at $100, the Odyssey utilized simple black-and-white graphics, and enhanced by plastic overlays for the television screen. Read more about the beginnings of video gaming industry at the History section.