scotland wrote:That's a great review and screenshot, Sut.
Having played the Odyssey via SIM now, do you think how poorly it actually plays impacts Ralph Baer's claim of being the father of home video games, or not?
Interesting question. I’m finding a vast bulk of the games more akin to board games than actual video games. The only ones that resemble video games are very poor versions of Pong (I know this predates Pong) and semi playable light gun games. You could make the case that the first generation did build on Tennis and the Light gun games and produce more polished variations.
This is an interesting read:https://www.gamecrate.com/gaming-litera ... ssey-world
It seems Ralph wasn’t keen on all the board game style accessories either and wanted it to be more of a game console (ie one that could keep score). Although sometimes these articles tend to revise history in Ralph’s favour.
I still believe Nolan Bushnell and Atari really kicked off video gaming with Pong and popular or not I think they would have done it with or without Ralph’s brown box, remember computers were kicking around universities it was only a matter of time.