August 27, 2013, Brantford, ON. It is generally accepted that Ralph H. Baer is the “Father of Video Games” and that his hand-built prototype from 1967 paved the way for the modern video game. Dubbed “The Brown Box”, the console from 46 years ago still contains primary features found on modern consoles including programmable games and multiplayer. Now, for the first time in Canada, the hand-built prototype will make a single-day stop at Brantford, Ontario’s “Personal Computer Museum” which, fittingly, is also home to Canada’s top video game collector* with the largest known collection of video games in the country.
On Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM the museum will be open. Admission is free, and the museum is part of the larger initiative “Doors Open Brant” that day. For those interested in actually playing the Brown Box, separate tickets are available for a cost of $5 each for 5 minutes of play. All proceeds go to the museum. Players will be able to get their picture taken with the machine as well.
Members of the media are invited to try the device for free, and photograph/film it without restriction.
“I am extremely excited to have such a seminal piece of video game history come to the museum” says Syd Bolton, founder and curator. “As video games become more and more a part of our everyday entertainment lifestyle, it’s extremely important to look back at where it all started. It’s actually quite astonishing how many features of the Brown Box are still in use today!”
There will also be a display of items that Ralph Baer, who received the National Medal of Technology in 2006 from U.S. President George W. Bush, has created or contributed to including the famous hand-held game “Simon”. His book about the genesis of video games will be available for sale and the exhibit of his work will remain in the museum for a couple of months (with the exception of the Brown Box itself).
Those interested in getting tickets or finding out more about the event can do so at http://www.pcmuseum.ca/brownbox.asp.
For more information contact Syd Bolton at firstname.lastname@example.org