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[Wired] Jerry Lawson, Inventor of Modern Game Console, Dies at 70

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Gerald “Jerry” Lawson, creator of the first cartridge-based videogame console, died Saturday morning in a Mountain View, California, hospital, Wired.com has learned. Lawson was 70.

As an engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, Lawson designed the electronics of the Fairchild Video Entertainment System, later renamed the Channel F, in 1976.

Predating the release of Atari’s Video Computer System by a year, the Channel F was the first videogame machine that used interchangeable game cartridges, which Fairchild sold separately. Previous game machines like Atari’s Pong and the Magnavox Odyssey had all their games built into the hardware. Lawson’s pioneering design set the standard for the game consoles of today.

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Thanks for the countless hours of entertainment and I hope your in a better place now.
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Let's keep religion out of this.

Respect Jerry, Computer enthusiasts and Console Enthuasiasts both take a knee to your work.

I hope you lived a complete life...full of hearts and all of the rupee's in the world..
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I'm sad, OP. You know why.
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One of the forefathers of modern computing and gaming... RIP Jerry. You're work has been the inspiration and continued innovation of part of the tech world.
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Jerry was the man!
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