Heiankyo Alien was a video game created by the University of Tokyo’s Theoretical Science Group way back 1979. Originally developed as a personal computer game, it quickly grew in popularity and and was first published by Denki Onky? Corporation as an arcade game in 1980. In the game you play a keeper of the peace during an alien invasion in bygone Japan. You have a shovel and must dig holes for the aliens to fall into and then you cover them up. Sounds simple? It is, and very addicting.
Since its original release, the game has been ported to several other gaming systems, including the only version I have played, the one for the Gameboy.
GamePro TV was a syndicated weekly video game TV show that ran from 1991 through 1992. The show was hosted by J. D. Roth and briefly with co-host Brennan Howard, each episode focused mostly on the 16-bit video game systems of the early 1990s (NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx-16). The show had lots of opportunity for viewer participation through viewer mail and submitted tips and tricks. Sadly this was not a recipe for success and the show was canceled.
After cancellation the series was briefly reborn as a paid advertisement program. This time with just J. D. Roth as host. The program would run for a half hour, but was mainly and advertisement for GamePro Magazine. This version of the show only lasted for a few months. GamePro TV was no more.
This ad from GamePro was meant to help get the word out:
If you never had the chance to watch it in its initial run, here is what you missed out on: