Rolenta Press Announces The Publication Of Book By Ralph H. Baer, The Father Of Videogames

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The inventor of home videogames tells his story in his brand-new book Videogames: In The Beginning, published by Rolenta Press.

After several years in development, Rolenta Press, the Springfield, NJ-based publisher of videogame history books, is proud to announce the publication Videogames: In The Beginning by Ralph H. Baer. The book, which is scheduled to be published in April 2005, is Baer’s first-hand account of how he first conceived the idea of interactive games on a home TV set in 1966, and how he brought that concept to life.

Liberally filled with never-before-seen diagrams, private internal memos from Sanders Associates and Magnavox, original patent listings and schematics, and photos, Videogames: In The Beginning gives the reader an inside look at how an entirely new industry was created from one man’s dream and perseverance. Baer takes the reader from his initial brainstorm at a New York City bus stop, to the release of the Magnavox Odyssey, the world’s first home videogame console. Baer then writes about his part in other videogaming achievements such as working with Coleco to gain FCC approval for its Telstar console, the creation of the Coleco Kid Vid which married videogames and audiotape, the first digital camera to be incorporated with a videogame, and the integration of videogames and videodiscs. Baer also discusses how he applied videogame technology for military use.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to publish this prestigious book,” says Leonard Herman, videogame historian and president of Rolenta Press. “For years Ralph Baer has been robbed of his title as the Father of Videogames. This book sets the matter straight.”

Please write to Leonard Herman at info@rolentapress.com to request a review copy of Videogames: In The Beginning. Please include your name, address, and affiliation.

About Rolenta Press. Rolenta Press was formed in 1994 to publish and distribute the first modern book on videogame history, Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames by Leonard Herman, a book that has been praised as the definitive book on videogame history. Now in its tenth year, Rolenta Press is preparing to expand its catalog with a number of titles relating to videogame history. Videogames: In The Beginning is the first of these titles.

For additional information, visit Rolenta Press’ Web site at http://www.rolentapress.com

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