- Over at 1UP, former GSW columnist Benj Edwards has just had his 'Videogames Turn 40 Years Old' feature posted, and it's an awesomely well-researched look at the history of games, drawing on his interviews with pioneers such as Ralph Baer.

The intro itself is practically lyrical: "In 1967, a bold engineer with a vision led a small team to create the world's first electronic games to use an ordinary television set as a medium. Wary of naysayers from within, the video mavericks sequestered themselves behind closed doors, and for good reason: They worked under the payroll of Sanders Associates, a giant Cold War defense contractor. As hippies on the streets of San Francisco stuck flowers in the barrels of guns, three men in snowy New Hampshire crafted the future of electronic entertainment deep in the heart of a commercial war machine. In May of 1967, the world's first videogames -- as we know them today -- made their quiet, humble entrance into the world."

In addition, Benj has posted an in-depth interview with Baer's associate Bill Harrison over at VintageComputing.com, and it's more vitally important work into the genesis of games - "The inventions of [Baer and Harrison] and a third [man], Bill Rusch, would later appear commercially as the Magnavox Odyssey console in 1972." And this was the first time Harrison has ever been interviewed about his work, making it doubly important for historical reasons.