Video Games Began in a Subway Car

President George W. Bush presents a National M...
President George W. Bush presents a National Medal of Technology, Monday, Feb. 13, 2006 to Ralph H. Baer of Manchester, N.H., during ceremonies in the East Room of the White House. Baer was honored for his groundbreaking and pioneering creation, development and commercialization of interactive video games. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week, Ralph Baer passed away at age 92. In honor of his memory, Washington Post wrote an article about his greatest achievement: the invention of the first video game.

“He was ‘riding the subway one day to work [in a factory] and someone across the aisle from me is reading a magazine. On the back of the magazine is an ad by National Radio Institute in Washington, D.C., ‘Make big money in radio and television servicing.’ I guess some bell went off inside of me — that was me. I subscribed immediately, and I paid about a buck and a quarter out of my $12 a week wages to take this course.'”

Read more about the process of making the first video game here