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Jerry Lawson, Inventer of One of the First Video Game Console, Died | PS3Blog.net

Gerald “Jerry” Lawson died at the age of 70 this Saturday morning. He was the inventor of one of the very first consoles ever that predated the Atari and others alike, and it was called Channel F. Channel F only had 26 cartridges ever made, including Blackjack, Spacewar, and Bowling. He was originally told that video games based on cartridge systems was not possible, but according to him, when someone says something isn’t possible, he will try anyways. We should all remember that when playing our awesome consoles today, to pay this man some respect.

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Edit: This article incorrectly displays Jerry Lawson as creating the first cartridge based videogame system however that does not take away from Mr. Lawson’s reputation and earned respect.

Ralph Baer created the very first cartridge based videogame system with Magnavox in 1972. It was called the Magnavox Odyssey.

  • Huh, fascinating. Thanks for sharing this @Eddie, and introducing me to a bit of video game history!

  • Anonymous

    That article is a bit wrong…. Ralph Baer is the inventor of the videogame console (“Brown Box” prototype, 1968), and him, along with Magnavox, created the first videogame console, with cartridges (Magnavox Odyssey, 1972). Preceeding that of Jerry Lawson.

  • Thanks for the info Anonymous! Either way, this man was a pioneer.

  • Shame I was just watching a documentary on discovery channel another day about video games and heard about him.

  • Oly

    PONG FTW!

  • R.I.P

  • Sad to see him go. I actually played on a Magnavox Odyssey as a kid. Good times. Still have it actually … just need to find a way to hook it up again.

  • Oly

    OMG I actually played on that at a friends house..
    Tosh I’ll bet you can order the parts to hook it up, online, or maybe even at a radio shack

  • Ya, I think it’s just a small part I forget what it was.

  • bet that would fetch a pretty penny man