Wherever, Whenever, Forever
The first video games appeared in the early 1960s and were played on massive computers connected to displays, not televisions. An inspired German born American, Ralph Henry Baer decided to build an interface to enable gaming on an "idiot" box. With help from his employer at Sanders electronics, Baer built the first gaming console called the "Brown Box" simply because of it's color. The Brown Box was programmed to play a variety of games by flipping switches along the front of the box. These games included ping-pong, checkers, target shooting games, four different types of sport games, and a golf put-put game which required a special attachment.