It is a fact that the internet can be a most wondrous thing. Like when it gives us the opportunity to travel back to 1981. To get a fleeting glimpse at what video games were being offered at a 7-Eleven at that point in time. As in this case the video uploaded by Scott Evans acts as veritable time machine to glimpse some 1981 Video Games.
In addition to seeing and hearing for yourself that the kids of 1981 were definitely jockeying to get their initials on the high score board. It also seems they are more than a little curious as to why they are being filmed.
As can be seen the kids are patiently, or not in some cases, waiting their turns to play. Furthermore you will even hear one of them asking another if they want to play doubles. Which is answered with a resounding, no. Thanks to the use of the convex mirrors situated in the store, we also are granted a few glimpses of the layout of a 7-Eleven back in 1981.
Of course the sight and sounds of some of the titles of the Golden Age of arcade games is the real draw. Seeing these kids enjoying the likes of Atari’s Tempest, Nintendo’s Donkey Kong, as well as Williams Electronics’ Stargate.
I can only wish however that the video was a bit longer. But by all means I am extremely grateful that it exists at all to say nothing of the quality of the video itself. However after watching the video a couple of times in a row. I do find myself completely trying to decipher what this young boy’s T-shirt says.
Is it possibly “Lord Highscore”?
Here is a question though- since this is in fact 1981. Why don’t these kids have their Super Slurpee scratch off cards?
Continuing with the celebration of the release of the Avengers film in theaters this weekend, our next short from the Marvel Super Heroes 1966 show is none other than the God of Thunder himself, Thor! In this particular episode he has one of my favorite Marvel Comics characters as a guest star, Hercules, who just so happens to be the Prince of Power. Like in the comics of old when these two meet…they usually do not get along real well.
With the release of the Avengers film yesterday, and since some of us are working the entire weekend and won’t be able to see it until Monday…it seemed liked an opportune time to watch some of the classic 1966 cartoons from the Marvel Super Heroes lineup. So grab a bowl of your favorite cereal and join me as we watch the origin of Captain America!
In Junior High-School my group of friends were all atwitter about a new game that our friend, Nick, had picked up over the weekend. It was called BattleTech. This wasn’t our typical lunch time RPG fare of Dungeons and Dragons or possibly Marvel Super Heroes from TSR…this was a type of board game, a map sheet that was made up with hexagon terrain tiles…and we were tasked with piloting towering Mechs capable of massive destruction as we waged war during those thirty minute breaks from ‘learning’.
As the weeks passsed we found our afternoons of worrying over our character inventory and gold pieces or Karma points had vanished, they had been replaced with new ‘character’ sheets were we tracked our armor levels on our Mech’s body parts and more importantly kept an eye on the heat levels of our vehicle. Something about the Sci-Fi trappings of it all really hooked all of us and those hooks were in deep as we all did our best to collect every book that the legendary FASA Corporation were publishing. It probably helped with artwork like this:
Then in 1989 as we were heading to High-School, MechWarrior was released by Activision, a MechWarrior being the title of the individual within the Mech naturally. Instead of crowding around that map we were now all crowded around our PC monitors, well those lucky enough to have a PC. In truth I did better with the computer game than I did in the actual board game…probably because I didn’t have to keep track of all those sheets of information.
Now it has been announced through this trailer that MechWarrior is getting set to return to PC gaming with an online and Free to Play form entitled MechWarrior Online:
A big tip of the hat to Sam’s Toy Box for the awesome photo posted below. I have no recollection of this colorform set but luckily I still have my Marvel Superheroes and Dungeons & Dragons safely tucked away at my Grandmother’s house.