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Meet Jerry Lawson, the Game Engineer Who Appeared in Today's Google Doodle

Today's Google Doodle features Jerry Lawson, an American electronics engineer best known for leading the group that developed the first commercial video game cartridge and creating the Fairchild Channel F video game system.

Adapted from NDTV, Thursday (1/12/2022), Jerry Lawson is the first black modern game pioneer and leader of the team developing home video game systems with interchangeable game cartridges. He is known as the father of video game cartridges.

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 1, 1940, Gerald "Jerry" Lawson began tinkering with electronics from an early age, repairing TVs and building his own radio station from parts he bought from a local electronics store.

He did this until he grew up. Graduating from Queens College and City College of New York, Lawson moved to California in 1970 to work as an application engineering consultant for Fairchild Semiconductor then quit in 1980 to start his own company.

His company, VideoSoft, became one of the earliest black-owned video game development companies. The company created software for the Atari 2600, which popularized the cartridge Lawson and his team had developed.

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Although their business closed five years later, Lawson had established himself as a pioneer in the industry and continued to consult with various engineering and video game companies for the rest of his career.

In 2011, the International Game Developers Association recognized Lawson as an industry pioneer for his contributions to games. Lawson's achievements are enshrined in the World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.

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