Odyssey: 35 Years Later Gaming history: This month marks the 35th anniversary of the very first video game console.

No Mario. No Pac-Man. No Grand Theft Auto. No video games. That's what the pop-entertainment landscape might have looked like today without the brainchild of legendary inventor Ralph Baer, the Odyssey, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this month. Released in the middle of 1972 by Magnavox, before the appearance of Atari's PONG as an arcade coin-op, the Odyssey is the undisputed first video game console. The Odyssey's effect on digital entertainment may not earn as much press as the Atari 2600, but its influences on the industry are far and reaching -- and still felt today.

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