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Google Doodle Honors Gaming Pioneer Jerry Lawson

He invented swappable video game cartridges in 1976.

If you go to Google.com today you will see the Google Doodle of the day is an animated image of Jerry Lawson. Then you’re led to a video game interface in honor of the gaming legend which allows you to create and edit a game of your own.

Today would be Lawson’s 82nd birthday, but he passed away in 2011. The Brooklyn native was the first African American to work in the video game industry. In 1976, Lawson created swappable video game cartridges, which reinvented gaming for generations. Before cartridges, games were built into the hardware.

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Anderson Lawson, Jerry Lawson’s son, said about Google’s feature, "When people play this Doodle, I hope they're inspired to be imaginative. And I hope that some little kid somewhere that looks like me and wants to get into game development, hearing about my father's story makes them feel like they can."

See Google’s feature on Jerry Lawson below:

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