Game Console Legend, Jerry Lawson, Dies at 70
Farewell to the man behind the cartridge. The video game industry owes you.
Gerald A. “Jerry” Lawson, one of the founding fathers of the video game industry, has passed away last Saturday morning for reasons yet to be specified, according to an announcement from Digital Press.
So who’s Jerry Lawson you ask? He was none other than the engineer of the Fairchild Channel F, the world’s very first cartridge-based game console. The console was launched back in August 1976 under the name Video Entertainment System (VES).
Jerry Lawson was also the founder of Videosoft, a game developing company which produced dozens of games for the Atari 2600. He was also responsible to produce Demolition Derby, one of the first coin-operated arcade machines, which was made back in early 1970’s and was installed in a southern California pizza place.
Lawson was honored during the 7th Annual IGDA Minority Special Interest Group Social Gathering at the GDC. From engineer, to pioneer, to icon, to legend. We at GADG, along with our PlayStation 3s, Xbox360s, Nintendo Wiis, and other consoles, salute one of the people that paved the way to the world of video games.View Article Source »