Big changes are coming… till then, I thought I would start a new article here on the Archives, Starcade Memories! What was Starcade, you ask? Only the world’s first game show devoted to video games! here’s some info on the show-
Starcade is a game show where contestants compete against one another by playing arcade video games. The series originally aired on WTBS from 1982–1983, followed by a run in syndication for the following season.
A few things that stood out for me about this show-
90% of the time they were playing for a FULL SIZE ARCADE MACHINE! Yup, the one thing Arcaders wanted more than anything, was the grand prize (most of the time, as you will see in some episodes.)
They would match up the players to their game playing ability- which would work out most of the time, but as you will see even in the first episode, you have a young kid playing a thirty year old- doesn’t seem like its fair , but OK… (actually those are some of the best episodes!)
Then if that wasn’t enough arcade goodness for you, they would have some games- THAT WERE JUST RELEASED!!!! Brand new, and never seen in the U.S. until the airing of that episode! they even had arcade game commercials- I remember seeing Dragon’s Lair 2 commercials in 1984… 7 YEARS BEFORE ITS RELEASE IN THE ARCADE!!!
This one stands out for me because of the paring of a comic writer and a girl who was auditioning for the Broadway show of Annie! Also one of the games in this show is one I own- SWIMMER! Mine could be the one from the show as these are VERY RARE!
I want to thank the jm Production Company, creators of Starcade! go to their site www.starcade.tv to view all the shows, compete in Starcade tournements, listen to the music of Starcade, and to see some of the contestants and what their up to today!
Well, from early 1982, Starcade Episode #1- Enjoy!