TV POWW!: The Earliest Televised Video Game Competition From The 70s

Almost 40 years ago, at the very height of Discomania with a capital "D", and only just a few months before Space Invaders would usher in  a national obsession with electronic games,  a forgotten yet  almost imperceptible ancestral link to competitive gaming occurred in Los Angeles, California. This momentary experiment, launched during the infancy of [...]

5 California Arcades in The 80s: Looking Through The Lens of Ira Nowinski

That renowned photo-essayist Ira Nowinski recorded the very beginnings of the video craze in California is something short of a miracle. Most of his work up to that point was more focused on local arts and sociopolitical topics; i.e. "urban renewal" forcing pensioners from their longtime homes, the American migration of Soviet Jews and, of [...]

Photos From The Atari International Asteroids Tournament in San Francisco 1981

They came in droves during the Fall of 1981, players of all ages, filing into convention rooms across the country to compete in The Atari International Asteroids Tournament. Not much information remains on this nationwide event save for a tee shirt here, a small headline there. In fact, a lot of particulars have been lost [...]

“Want A Ride?”: The Time Chrysler and Montgomery Ward Made Creepy Ads of Old Dudes Cruising for Teenage Girls

Ah, the good old days, back  when Easy Bake Ovens prepped little girls on how to bake a meal for the husband they'd serve one day and Dodge in conjunction with 'TEEN magazine and catalog retailer, Montgomery Ward, instructed teenage girls how to dress to get picked up by much older dudes in cars. I'm [...]

ZAXXON RISING: One Man’s Quest To Save One of The Most Under-Appreciated Games in America

For days it laid face down in the rain, kicked to the curb on a street in Albia, Iowa, a mere 22 miles from Walter Day's arcade-famous city of Ottumwa - that is, the very same arcade featured in many films and documentaries.  A seemingly tragic end to a game that had once taken the [...]

A Blast of Christmas Past: 5 Decades of Retro Photos, Toys and Fashion

I don't know about you but old photographs of the Christmas of yore are  rather remarkable and fascinate me to no end. All those shiny aluminum trees dripping in tinsel, standing next to the most popular object in the room -the Television set- or if it's pre-1950, a Zenith or Imperial tube radio. It all [...]