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How Ralph Baer Introduced The Military To Video Games - Revealing Gaming's History

by Ben Hanson on Sep 26, 2018 at 02:00 PM

For the latest issue of Game Informer, we travelled to The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York to tour their amazing archive of gaming history. All week long we're rolling out exclusive features showing off some of the museum's most interesting objects. You can learn more about the history and mission of the museum in our interview with Jeremy Saucier who is the assistant vice president for interpretation and electronic games by clicking here.

In the video above, The Strong Museum's director Jon-Paul Dyson shows off a modified light anti-tank weapon created by the "father of video games" Ralph Bear to help train the United States military on how to fire at tanks in 1979. This is most likely the first use of video games for military purposes.

To catch up on other videos from The Strong Museum of Play, check out the links below:

The Sims' Unseen Design Notebooks from Will Wright
Dissecting Age Of Empires' Earliest Prototype - Revealing Gaming's History