Ralph Baer lived almost a century. As a child, he witnessed the downfall of phonographs, as they were replaced with more modern record players. Along with that, the rise of radio, with its amazing ability to spread news and stories across space and time.
The great lie that maps cure us of is that you can separate imagination from reality. People claim maps are built with mathematics, statistics, and outlines of the real, actual landscape. However, in my view, maps are like love. They take things in, rearrange it all, and then present to the world an image part truth, and part imagination.