2014 Archive

Ralph H. Baer, Father Of Video Games, Passes Away At 92

December 8th, 2014 by Dieter in General

“Dieter: Just came across your website…very nice! Would you mind telling me who or what you are: A business ? An individual ? I am Ralph H. Baer, the ‘father’ of the video game industry…yes, I’m still around! If you are interested in video game history, contact me. English or German…either will do. RHB”

This is an email that I received on the 2nd December 1998, exactly sixteen years ago! First I thought someone was kidding me, but soon I learned that Ralph had contacted other video game collectors and institutions too. We developed an intense email conversation that went on for many years. Ralph had fascinating stories to tell and allowed me to publish a part of his forthcoming book on my website. He even invited me to his place in New Hampshire several times in the early 2000s, but unfortunately I didn’t have the money to fly to the USA back then. It is a pity that I never was able to meet him in person.

Ralph Baer passed away on the night of December 6, 2014 in his home.

What I will cherish is a signed copy of his book “Videogames In The Beginning” and a signed copy of his never released Pinball game for the Odyssey2.

Without Ralph Baer, my life since 1982 would have been a completely different one, with much less fun, much less excitement. And I wouldn’t have met many great people.

So thank you very much Ralph, and R.I.P.


Sixth Retrobörse In Vienna: 23rd November 2014

November 20th, 2014 by Dieter in Events

Following the success of the Retrobörse in Vienna from 2009 to 2013, Austria’s capital will see its sixth Börse on Sunday, 23rd November 2014. Like in the previous year, this Börse will be held in the Längenfeldgasse 13 – 15, 1120 Vienna. Doors will open at 11 am and close at 4 pm. Entrance fee is only 4 Euros.

On more than 130 sales tables you will find items from the very first Pong systems up to the Playstation 3 era, both computer and video games, hardware and accessories.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enlarge your collection and chat with other enthusiasts about the whole video and computer games history.

Please visit www.retroboerse.at for more details.


Harrods, London

August 15th, 2014 by Dieter in Apple

Apple MacIntosh, authentically hand signed by Steve JobsPlate with the signature of Steve JobsPrice tag“Omnia Omnibus Ubique – All Things for All People, Everywhere”, that’s the motto of Harrods, maybe the world’s most famous department store, located in London’s Brompton Road.

During our UK trip last week I spotted an interesting item in Harrods’ “Millionaire Gallery”: An Apple MacIntosh, authentically hand signed by Steve Jobs. Allthough there also seems the premier issue of Macworld to be in the lot, signed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, I thought that it was slightly overpriced, with a price tag of 86,495 British Pounds (that’s like 105,000 Euros or 146,000 USD). After some pondering I left it there and bought some sweets in the candy department instead. So if anyone is interested – the Mac might still be there!


R.I.P. Casey Kasem

June 17th, 2014 by Dieter in Music

He was one of THE voices of the 1980s. He was not a singer, but a radio moderator. His “American Top 40” had been aired by radio stations all over the world, including Austria. They were a fixture for me each week. It was always interesting to hear what was top in the US charts, what was new that hadn’t made it across the pond so far. And Casey brought those charts to us in a unique way. Songs didn’t climb three places, but notches. And the long distance dedications were stories from a land far away.

Now he died aged 82 on 15th June 2014. Casey, keep your feet on the ground, and keep on reaching for the stars!