Things That Really Existed: Starcade, TV's First Video Arcade Game Show

The game show Starcade, in which contestants competed on video arcade games, was doomed from the start. It ran from 1982-84, when the industry was in a serious decline, a period now generally referred to as the Video Game Crash. It was also hampered by the fact that watching video games being played is fantastically boring — and I'm speaking as someone who spent a lot of time in arcades in the eighties. But Starcade itself remains a lovable, easily watchable show.

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