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Inventor of the Video Game Cartridge dies at age 70 April 12, 2011

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Jerry Lawson, inventor of the first ever cartridge-based video games, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 70. Like many, I had no idea who the man was until I read his obituary. And more’s the shame.
Born into housing projects in Queens, Mr. Lawson was working for Fairchild Semiconductor when he designed their Channel F console. This was the first system to use games that were sold seperately as removable cartridges. A year later Atari put out their version of the Channel F and that was that.
Wired does a very good article on him and I recommend it.

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