Happy Birthday Gary Gygax
Today is the birthday of Gary Gygax, regarded by some as the father of gaming and I do respect what he did for the hobby. Some of his work is excellent AD&D for example, other examples less so like Cyborg Commando.
Without his effort and prolific writing I wonder how long it would have taken for the hobby to emerge?
If you want a good read about how the gaming industry when he was a creative powerhouse, then I would suggest you grab a copy of Designers & Dragons and see the influence he had.