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Yesterday on Nerd Lunch Episode 118, we talked all about our favorite game shows. I love game shows. But I also love video games. So, obviously, I love when they combine the two.
To supplement yesterday’s podcast discussion, here are three video game based game shows that I loved watching when I was growing up.
Starcade (1982) – I loved this show. It was a quiz show with bonus rounds where players would get to play a few minutes on all types of upright arcade machines. Many of the machines were debuted on the show and there were several I never saw in a local arcade. You can find a ton of episodes all over YouTube. You can also find over 60 episodes streaming live on Starcade.tv.
Video Power (1990) – OMFG I loved this show and its host, Johnny Arcade (seen above right in his video enhancement chair). Check out the amazing Vanilla Ice-like rap by Johnny for the show’s intro. This show began, surprisingly, as not a game show at all but a cartoon variety show hosted by Johnny Arcade featuring action adventure cartoons starring characters from the games Arch Rivals, Wizards & Warriors, NARC and Bigfoot (the monster truck). However, for the second season the producers overhauled the format and created a game show, still hosted by the venerable Johnny Arcade. Contestants would answer trivia, play timed sessions on console video games (mostly NES stuff) and the winner would run through an obstacle course covered in velcro clothing sticking games to their bodies. This show was so incredible and simply reeks of 1990s awesomeness.
Nick Arcade (1992) – This was Nickelodeon’s game show which featured trivia rounds plus generic variations of popular games. The winning team of each episode would suit up and actually jump through and play in a virtual video game. It looks like crap now, but was a lot of fun back in the early 90s. Check out an impossibly young Joey Fatone from N’Sync as a contestant.
Late last year I took a look at the Pinball City arcade from the 1980 movie Midnight Madness. It featured lots of good, awesome vintage arcade games for us to take a look at. It was a pretty popular article so I thought I’d take a look at another movie arcade. This time, I’m looking at the famous Golf n’ Stuff arcade from The Karate Kid.
Here is that spinning red sign.
Until grabbing screenshots for this article, I never noticed the sign has a hole in it right by the ‘S’ in Stuff. Interestingly, the director, John Avildsen, has been posting film he took in 1983 when they were rehearsing for shooting The Karate Kid. Some of the Golf n’ Stuff rehearsals are out there. The spinning sign has that same hole in it. I love that continuity.
So, Daniel and Alli go to this mythical Golf n’ Stuff amusement center for a first date. The first part of the date is quickly spent in the Arcade. Here they are walking into the entrance.
Inside during this adorable music montage (Can You Feel the Night by Baxter Robertson) we get a glimpse of a few vintage video games. Click any of the below screenshots to see them BIGGER. It makes it easier to see the games in some instances.
Daniel appears to score a goal on Alli and he sort of overreacts to his victory. During this douchey hockey celebration, right behind Mr Larusso, is a Stern Flight 2000 pinball machine from 1980.
Nope, no video games here. I just think Elizabeth Shue is achingly adorable in this movie. I thought we should all just take a moment and drink it in.
Okay, let’s move on.
Today marks the 31st annual Atari National Pac-Man Day.
Atari declared National Pac-Man Day on the day they released the Atari port of Pac-Man back on April 3, 1982.
(Via Sascha Grant)
Pac-Man was a cultural phenomenon in the early 80s. It was merchandised as thoroughly as anything is today. So on this most auspicious holiday think back on the Atari 2600 and the game of Pac-Man. Maybe head on over to an emulator site and play a game. Enjoy one of the first video games to become a global phenomenon.
Check out these other Pac-Man specific articles:
1. On Episode 77 of the Nerd Lunch Podcast we discuss the Atari 2600 and its games (including Pac-Man)
2. First Perfect Game of Pac-Man played back in 1999
3. America’s Love Affair with a man named Pac
4. Check out some Pac-Man photos in my Video Games Flickr set
This week on the show CT abandons us so Jeeg and I invite The Retroist back for his second appearance and he brings along Vic Sage, one of the head writers on The Retroist blog, for his first appearance on the show. We bring in these retro experts to help us discuss one of the greatest gaming systems of all time, the Atari 2600 VCS.
We each talk about our own history with the system, then we discuss a bunch of our favorite and least favorite games. Yes, we even discuss our own views on the extremely controversial E.T. game. Also discussed in this episode are the Activision Master Gamer Badges, the Atari port of Pac-Man as well as the bootleg Atari Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween video games.
Or listen to it online here.