Yes, the Fairchild Channel F, the very first cartridge-based system beat out the Atari 2600 by about a year, but this was also mainly due to a black man named Jerry Lawson, which I never knew until now:
Pretty damn cool. I can totally relate in the story about how when an interviewer told a member of the International Game Developers Association's diversity advisory board about the above just stopped him "in his tracks", as that's how surprised I was too.
Hah, mom just asked me about him this morning She picked up a paper and read about him, saying it was a "fascinating article" and that he didn't get enough credit, as she knows a little about gaming, getting us two of the earliest consoles ever (the Microvision and Atari 2600) and she still plays card games on her Chromebook nowadays.
RIP Jerry! You were one of the greats that a lot of us gamers didn't know about.