You can't record accurate arcade cultural history by just looking at games and quoting industry statistics. Humanity doesn't live there. It never has. The true story lies in the people who played the games and the arcades who housed them.
Honestly, if Atari is hiding their relation to this film, it's not because they're ashamed of having funded it. It's because it's so bad.
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 … Continue reading TV POWW!: The Earliest Televised Video Game Competition From The 70s
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 … Continue reading A Blast of Christmas Past: 5 Decades of Retro Photos, Toys and Fashion