Watch: You Have a Black Man to Thank for Your Video Games

All right, listen up, gamers. Gerald Lawson is the pioneer of games you almost never hear about.

In the mid-’70s, he perfected the game cartridge, making it possible to play multiple video games at home. As a teenager, the electronics genius operated a radio station from a housing project in the Jamaica neighborhood of New York City’s Queens borough and created the arcade game “Demolition Derby” in his garage in the early ’70s.

Learn more about Gerald “Jerry” Lawson in the video above.

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