Video Game Pioneer Ralph Baer Passes at 72

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Mark Melin
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It seems like so many worlds, or generations ago, that “Pong” was the hot video game in the culture. The simple game of “computer tennis” thrilled a generation and was the precursor to such violent action games as “Street Fighter” and “Mortal Kombat.” The pioneer of Pong, Ralph Baer, the innocent and simplistic game that started the trend, died Saturday in Manchester, N.H. Ralph Baer’s background Ralph Baer, who was a Holocaust survivor and longtime resident of Manchester, began thinking about video games when he was working as a television set designer in the 1950s.  These thoughts would ultimately lead to…

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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing the impact of beta market environment on a technical trading strategy. A portfolio and industry consultant, wrote or edited three books including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and taught a course at Northwestern University's executive education program.