“The Beginnings of Video Games”

The Beginnings of Video Games
Saturday, October 1, 2:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, NY

Live Skype discussion with Ralph Baer and demonstration of Tennis for Two
Ralph Baer was one of the key figures in the invention of the video game, with his Brown Box prototype, which led to the development of the first video game home console, the Magnavox Odyssey. And before Baer’s breakthrough, there was William A. Higinbotham’s  legendary analog computer game Tennis for Two, a simulation of a game of tennis on an oscilloscope.

At this special event, there will be a live discussion about the beginnings of video games, with Ralph Baer joining by Skype, and a demonstration of the Brown Box console. Following this will be an extremely rare live demonstration of Tennis for Two by Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists and curators of the William A. Higinbotham Game Studies Collection at Stony Brook University. Audience members will then be invited to play Tennis for Two.

This program is co-presented with the William A. Higinbotham Game Studies Collection (WHGSC) at Stony Brook University, on the occasion of their
two-day Game Preservation Forum, to be held at Museum of the Moving Image.

Free with Museum admission: $12 / $9 students. Travel directions and more at http://movingimage.us

To view the program announcement, please go to
: http://www.movingimage.us/files/pages/about/beginnings_of_video_games_2011-09-16.pdf .