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,”[hyperlink] a prototype for the first multiplayer, multiprogram video game system. Magnavox licensed the Brown Box and released the system as the Magnavox Odyssey[hyperlink] 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
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Family & Social Life
Popular Entertainment
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Ralph H. Baer
Related Publication
Baer, Ralph H.. Videogames: In The Beginning

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