• Ben Drakes

Welcome to Retro Give Back!

Thank you for visiting my humble blog! The launch of this site happens to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the patent for the "cathode-ray tube amusement device" - the first interactive electronic game. Happy Birthday video games!


We've come a long way. Today's computers are of course far more advanced, but for all of the immersion that can be achieved through the latest virtual reality hardware, the earliest forays into digital interactive entertainment still hold their charm. Beyond nostalgia, the appeal of retro games runs deep. They are an important part of human history, and I find that collecting and playing these games is a fun and rewarding hobby.

The patent for the device was filed on January 25, 1947 and issued on December 14, 1948. The patent, the first for an electronic game, was never used by either the inventors or DuMont Laboratories, and the device was never manufactured beyond the original handmade prototype - Wikipedia

I'm only beginning my journey as a collector of early video games. In addition to recording my thoughts and exploits, I hope this site can give back to the community that makes my new hobby possible. If I find a rare, hitherto unrecorded game, I will archive it and share my discovery with you!


Connecting the Past, Present, and Future of Gaming


Sometimes, through emulation software I'm able to combine my enjoyment of retro games with my passion for virtual reality hardware. You may occasionally see me playing older games with the Virtuix Omni VR treadmill, which I helped design. Unfortunately, this device is not currently available for consumer purchase, but you will hopefully see it in a family entertainment center near you soon, and if you do, I encourage you to give it a try!


#retro #videogames #vr

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