It’s hard to imagine a world without videogames – but in 1969, 50 years ago, Ralph Baer introduced the concept of a gaming console with what was called the Brown Box (named as such because of the taped veneer they added to make it look better for investors). Mark Baer, the son of the legendary ‘Father of Videogames’ will make a rare public presentation about the amazing contributions made by his father when he speaks at the National Videogame Museum on Sunday, January 12.


In 1969, Ralph Baer, often called the “Father of Videogames” created a gaming console prototype known as the Brown Box. This first videogame console created the modern videogame industry. While the original Brown Box is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the National Videogame Museum in Frisco has a Brown Box replica created by Ralph Baer himself. Baer passed away in 2014. His son, Mark Baer will give a special presentation at the National Videogame Museum celebrating the pioneering work of his father. This presentation will include a video of the first demonstration of the Brown Box. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and the opportunity to play on the very first videogame console prototype. Seating is limited for this event so please RSVP to reserve your place.


Sunday, January 12 @ 12 p.m.


National Videogame Museum

Inside the Frisco Discovery Center

8004 N. Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, Texas 75034

Free parking


$12 general admission

$10 for children 10 and under, as well as military, educators and seniors

(Valid ID required upon purchase of military, educators and senior tickets)

No additional charge for this special program, but attendees must RSVP to [email protected] with both a name and number of attendees.


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