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Ralph Baer dies at 92; inventor was behind video game console
Ralph Baer dies at 92; inventor was behind video game console

Ralph Baer, an inventor whose design sparked the idea for the first video game console years before Atari and Nintendo became household staples, died Saturday at his home in Manchester, N.H. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son, Mark Baer, who did not disclose the cause. Over the last four decades, the expensive consoles produced by Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have turned video gaming into a $75-billion industry. But it was Baer who first started conceptualizing a "TV gaming display." He was waiting for a colleague at a New York City bus terminal on Sept. 1, 1966, when he began to develop the idea that had come to him a few years earlier. With television sets...

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