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April 14th, 2001

Starcade

No, no, not the WCW event Starrcade. I’m talking about a game show that TBS showed probably a good 15-18 years ago called… Starcade. It involved kids competing head-to-head in, of all things, arcade games!

The whole idea behind Starrcade was boffo. Video games were hot at the time, and everyone loves game shows… so smush the two together. The show involved arcade game trivia and "Name That Game" segments, based entirely on screenshots.

The upshot? Thanks to the power of the web, I found this in-depth Starcade site created by the show’s producers! It’s a treasure trove of a site. So much of my memory is getting jogged thanks to this… remember the cheesy theme song? The robot offered as a grand prize? And how could I forget that Geoff Edwards hosted! Anyway, the site offers photos, tons of info on the game and show, and video clips – all of which are something to see after all these years!

Come on, who wouldn’t want to play Defender, Gorf, or Berzerk to win prizes? Joystick jockeys, unite! -pm

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

shelby t mitchell May 28, 2009, 7:15 am

Mark was replaced by Geoff because Mark didn’t know about video games and seemed really condescending towards the contestants. Geoff was friendlier and loved video games. And knew his way also around game shows. BTW, twenty-seven episodes are now up on the Starcade site. Indeed awesome!

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