Ralph Baer basically invented video games. During the 1960s, when television itself was still fairly newfangled, he was piecing together how the first video game console, launched in 1972, could work.
While Nintendo was a pioneer of video game light guns, first for its elaborate shooting parlours and then its Zapper for the NES, it didn’t create the first home version of the technology.
The man who invented home video games may have known more about real guns than any other game creator in history. But, he tells Kotaku, that’s not why the first game console had a gun.