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Starcade

Though there are many individuals who would rather that the 1980s had never happened, it is a verifiable fact that they did, and the decade certainly left behind a veritable treasure trove of cultural artifacts that are now being discovered by the younger set. One such product that has found its way onto the web is the curious television show Starcade. The show’s rather novel (at least at the time) premise was that contestants would play video games for various prizes. To anyone who came of age during the heady days of the early 1980s, many of these games will be immediately familiar, and included such now retro classics as Frogger, Galaga, and of course, Tron. On this rather memorable site, visitors can view an almost staggering amount of material on this rather unusual television show, including screen shots of the video games, several extended program clips, information on the show’s contestants (including "where are they now" information), and a list of the prizes that contestants were vying to win. For cultural theorists, 1980s devotees, and those who can’t remember what Q*bert looked like, this website will be both a source of entertaining and contemplative material.
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