August 27, 2013, Brantford, ON. – It is generally accepted that Ralph H. Baer is the “Father of Video Games” and that his hand-built prototype from 1967 paved the way for the modern video game. Dubbed “The Brown Box”, the console from 46 years ago still contains primary features found on modern consoles including programmable games and multiplayer. Now, for the first time in Canada, the hand-built prototype will make a single-day stop at Brantford, Ontario’s “Personal Computer Museum” which, fittingly, is also home to Canada’s top video game collector* with the largest known collection of video games in the country.
On Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM the museum will be open. Admission is free, and the museum is part of the larger initiative “Doors Open Brant” that day. For those interested in actually playing the Brown Box, separate tickets are available for a cost of $5 each for 5 minutes of play. All proceeds go to the museum. Players will be able to get their picture taken with the machine as well.