The life of video game maker Ray Kroc has been a long time coming.
He started out as a video game developer for Atari in the late 70s, and has worked his way up from there to become one of the most famous video game makers in the world.
His game titles include classics such as The Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, and Super Mario Bros. He also developed many other games and other software for various consoles, including the Atari 2600.
Ray Krol’s life story and career is told in the documentary Watch, which was filmed in his hometown of Chicago.
The film, which premiered on the TNC channel on Tuesday (local time), also includes interviews with other people in the video game industry, and the first-ever video game storybook written by a person who was a part of the early days of video games.
“Ray Kroc, the first man in history to create a video-gaming product, is not only the first person to create and sell a video arcade game, but the first to make a game that actually works,” says narrator and documentary director Peter Kavanagh.
“It’s a testament to the creative power of the video-games industry and the ingenuity of the innovators and inventors who made them.”
A look at Ray Krosons life Ray Krocks life The first video game to be made in the US, Ray Kropes games were first released in 1980.
The first person in history, the man who created the worlds first video arcade, was born in Chicago in the early 70s.
Ray was the son of a carpenter and a housewife.
He was born on May 1, 1974.
His father, John Kropers, worked for a company called Electronic Arts and was part of an international team working on the video games Super Mario Brothers.
Ray’s mother, Mary Krophers, had been a nurse, and was the first in her family to go to college.
“I wanted to be an engineer and that was the direction I was going in,” says Ray, who graduated from Northwestern University in 1968 with a degree in mathematics and computer science.
He went on to work for Atari for 10 years before becoming a game developer.
In 1981, he founded his own company called Nintendo, which is now owned by Nintendo.
Ray founded Nintendo with his brother, Tom, and later formed a joint venture with the late Japanese video game company Sega.
Ray says that in 1981, Nintendo was about to release the first game in its line of video-gametypes, Super Mario World.
“We knew it was going to be huge,” he says.
“And I had the idea of making a game where the player could walk around the world and play the game, and that’s what we did.”
Ray started working on Super Mario 3D World, which he had created in his spare time, but he quickly realised the game was too complex for his family.
“When I realized that Super Mario was not going to work in the family, I stopped working on it and moved on to other projects,” he said.
Ray eventually decided to take his ideas to Nintendo and made the game for them, though Ray says the games production was slow.
“The whole thing was very slow,” he explains.
“A lot of the time, we were going to a warehouse and building it up and then shipping it out to our customer base.”
Ray Krophans first product, Super Pac-man, was released in 1984.
It was a simple platform game with a single button and three levels of scoring, but it was the last game to see a physical release.
Ray also released the original Donkey Kong, which launched in 1989.
Ray and his brother Tom co-founded Sega in 1990.
He left Sega in 1996 to form his own video-gambling company, Kroc Games, where he worked on games such as Mario Kart and Tetris.
He sold the company in 2005.
Ray, now 74, was recently awarded the prestigious Robert M. Wood Award from the American Video Game Awards.
He says that his life has changed since he started his video game career.
“As I’ve aged, my work has become more challenging, which has made it harder for me to stay focused on my work,” he tells Al Jazeera.
“So now, when I get a chance to sit down and look back, I look back at what I accomplished.
I have the same ambition to do better, and to be a better person.”
Watch is available on YouTube.
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