The Brown Box Lightgun, 1967–68

Description
This toy gun proves that target-shooting games were part of video game history from the very beginning.
This lightgun was used to play the Target Practice game on the “Brown Box,” a prototype for the first multiplayer, multiprogram video game system. Magnavox licensed the Brown Box and released the system as the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. The lightgun and four target games were later sold as a separate expansion package.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lightgun
Date made
1967-1968
patent holder
Baer, Ralph H.
inventor
Baer, Ralph H.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 26 in x 6 in; 6.35 cm x 66.04 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
2006.0102.06
catalog number
2006.0102.06
accession number
2006.0102
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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