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Google game honors Black video game pioneer Jerry Lawson on his birthday - Ars Technica

Google game honors Black video game pioneer Jerry Lawson on his birthday - Ars Technica

Google game honors Black video game pioneer Jerry Lawson on his birthday - Ars Technica
Dec 01, 2022 42 secs

On Thursday, Google published a playable Google Doodle game honoring Black video game pioneer Jerry Lawson on what would have been his 82nd birthday.

Lawson, who died in 2011, played a pivotal role in the development of the Fairchild Channel F console, which introduced the concept of programmable video game cartridges to the market in 1976.

On Google's home page, the Doodle shows a pixellated cartoon of Lawson beside a rendition of the Channel F console and a TV set.

Throughout the Doodle game, the motif of the Channel F's distinctive yellow cartridge (which allowed interchangeable games) ties the experience together.

While Talesfore and Smith developed the Channel F's distinctive cartridge itself, Lawson often gets general credit for its invention due to his essential role in bringing the overall console to the market—and his historical importance as the first known Black video game engineer.

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