Starcade: The Game Show (1982 – 1983)

Where was I when this show was airing? Did I get knocked unconscious after falling into a ravine while looking for my stupid little brother, and wake up 30 years later to find that everyone else has aged but me? I hereby (retroactively) declare it the greatest show ever to appear on television. Here are a few reasons why:

1. The show aired from 1982 to 1983. Contestants play the greatest video games ever designed, and win anything from little Casio keyboards and handheld Pac-Mans to ColecoVision, Texas Instruments home computers, and full cabinet versions of the greatest video games ever designed.

2. In the first few episodes at least, little boys and girls are pitted against creepy, unemployed old men, one of whom refers to himself as a “magician.”

3. The first host, Mark Richards, knows absolutely nothing about these games or how one might play them, so it’s pretty funny watching him try to talk his way through the show.

4. The prize advertisements are almost as awesome as getting to see all these games again.

You can get the complete history of Starcade here, and you can watch most of the episodes for free here.

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