Sad news from over the weekend: One of the founding fathers of gaming, Gerald A. Lawson, passed away on April 9 at the age of 70. The Queens native was one of the few African-Americans working on games in Silicon Valley's early days, leading the team that created the first ROM cartridge-based game console. So yes, he invented the cartridge.
Lawson may not have worked on your favorite FPS, but he's a legend nonetheless (and once turned down giving a job to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak!). We salute the O.G. for his contribution to the gaming world. May he rest in peace. [via Vintage Computing]