The Brown Box Golf Game Accessory, 1968


This strange-looking contraption was actually used to play an early video game.

To play the golf game on the “Brown Box,” a prototype for the first multiplayer, multiprogram video game system, Baer and his colleagues mounted a golf ball on a joystick handle. This allowed the player to use a real golf club to practice his or her putting skills. Magnavox licensed the "Brown Box" and released the system as the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. Though it was never produced commercially, the golf accessory was covered with brown wood-grain, self-adhesive vinyl so that it would match the "Brown Box."

Date Made: 1968

Patent Holder: Baer, Ralph H.Inventor: Baer, Ralph H.

Location: Currently not on view

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Related Publication: Baer, Ralph H.. Videogames: In The Beginning

Credit Line: Ralph H. Baer

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2006.0102.11Accession Number: 2006.0102Catalog Number: 2006.0102.11

Object Name: game accessory

Physical Description: aluminum (overall material)paper (overall material)vinyl (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 26.035 cm x 11.43 cm


Record Id: nmah_1302398

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