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Ralph H. Baer, the father of home videogames, signed book!

Post by Greg2600 » February 4th, 2015, 8:21 pm

I don't know if this falls in the Video Games or Collections sub-forums, a mixture of both. So in addition to my growing (arguably crazy) celebrity photo op and autograph collection, I've been collecting video games. I've been doing that far longer in fact, spending a LOT more money as well! Anyway, I've gone to several conventions over the years, and gotten to know quite a few top notch collectors, authors, and personalities in classic gaming over the years. Whether on-line or in person. One author in fact had a long time friendship with the inventor of the home video game console, Ralph H. Baer.

Mr. Baer is considered the 'father of home videogames." He invented what became the Magnavox Odyssey in the late 1960's, as well as the toy Simon in the 1970's. In the video game genre, there really isn't anyone quite like him. I'd liken him to the late Les Paul in music. Just recently he passed away at age 92. Unfortunately, due to age, he really hadn't made many public appearances outside of his home state of New Hampshire, so I was unable to meet him in person. I most likely could have sent him an auto. request TTM, but just never thought of it. Luckily my author friend had a ton of signed labels, which he affixed to a book "Videogames in the Beginning" that he helped publish with/for Ralph, and gave that to me!

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One of these days I'll take more photos of the signed game stuff I have, but this is without question the coolest so far.
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Post by class316 » February 5th, 2015, 4:02 am

wow. Very cool piece.

My biggest want video game wise would have to be this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Miyamoto

I would say he is the best name to get Video Game wise.
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Post by Greg2600 » February 5th, 2015, 9:06 am

Probably the most famous game designer ever, yes. He's next to impossible. Around 10 years ago he appeared at the Nintendo store in Manhattan, and my friend Rob stood in line to meet him for like 5 hours or something. He was literally 5 or 6 people away from the front door when they closed off the line!
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Greg2600 wrote:Probably the most famous game designer ever, yes. He's next to impossible. Around 10 years ago he appeared at the Nintendo store in Manhattan, and my friend Rob stood in line to meet him for like 5 hours or something. He was literally 5 or 6 people away from the front door when they closed off the line!
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Post by Greg2600 » February 5th, 2015, 1:22 pm

He was sitting at a table, primarily signing, but I'm sure people were doing leaning photos. The problem was that despite the fact that he doesn't speak much English, the fanboys insisted on standing there telling him their life story. Japanese man like that would never shush the person along, out of respect, so as you could imagine the signing dragged on forever. I would liken him to Steve Jobs though, someone who is rarely within grasp of the public. That being said, given Japanese customs, if you by some stroke of luck saw him, he would probably stop and pose. It's also been said he's a grown up child.
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Greg2600 wrote: The problem was that despite the fact that he doesn't speak much English, the fanboys insisted on standing there telling him their life story.
Wow just wow :smh:

Hopefully he does NYCC one day.
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class316 wrote:
Greg2600 wrote: The problem was that despite the fact that he doesn't speak much English, the fanboys insisted on standing there telling him their life story.
Wow just wow :smh:

Hopefully he does NYCC one day.
Well he's come to the nintendo store in 2005 and 2010 for Super Mario 20th/25th anniversaries. This is the 30th year, so maybe he does again? Problem is you literally have to camp out the night before. He's usually at E3 briefly, but that's industry only. Most of his other appearances are west-cost only, since he lives in Japan.
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Greg2600 wrote:
Well he's come to the nintendo store in 2005 and 2010 for Super Mario 20th/25th anniversaries. This is the 30th year, so maybe he does again? Problem is you literally have to camp out the night before. He's usually at E3 briefly, but that's industry only. Most of his other appearances are west-cost only, since he lives in Japan.
If he does I can try to find his AP info :thinking:
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class316 wrote:
Greg2600 wrote:
Well he's come to the nintendo store in 2005 and 2010 for Super Mario 20th/25th anniversaries. This is the 30th year, so maybe he does again? Problem is you literally have to camp out the night before. He's usually at E3 briefly, but that's industry only. Most of his other appearances are west-cost only, since he lives in Japan.
If he does I can try to find his AP info :thinking:
He may do private though. I will try to keep an eye on the store schedule. I would die to meet him, although he's one of the few people I would be ecstatic for an autograph rather than a photo. He's not much to look at, but his signature is one of the nicest I've ever seen, and it's immediately identifiable by gamers.
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