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Shout! Factory To Reboot Starcade For Television!

Starcade thanks to the folks at Shout! Factory has earned an extra life. Talk about some unexpectedly good news, right?

Of course if you grew up in the Golden Age of the arcades. Starcade was an incredibly amazing and popular game show. Premiering on TBS back in 1982 – Starcade was really something special. Thanks in no small part to the show’s main host, Geoff Edwards.
Starcade - Geoff Edwards

Now the news about Starcade being rebooted – introduced to a new generation is awesome. A true reason to celebrate in fact. Having said that I certainly hope our friends from Shout! Factory will always take this opportunity to release the original episodes to DVD.

There isn’t a whole lot of information on what the new show will be like at this time. I have to doubt that it will focus on arcade games but who can say? They do use the term “retro-boot” in the press release:

“Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, has acquired worldwide television format and ancillary rights to the classic TV game show STARCADE from JM Production Company and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur. The agreement provides Shout! Factory the rights to develop and produce a reboot of the show for television, as well as production of additional projects for a global audience. Shout! Factory will executive produce these projects with JM Production Company, creators of the original game show. This announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur.

“STARCADE is a classic game show from the ’80s and is pure nostalgic fun. We couldn’t be more excited to work with the original show creators to ‘retro-boot’ STARCADE for a new generation of fans,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders. “As we continue to actively expand our reach into production and development for new series, movies, unscripted shows and specials, this deal exemplifies the type of content we plan to pursue which taps into the interests and passions of our company’s loyal fanbase.”

Created by James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur, STARCADE first aired in 1982 during the dawn of the video game era and is widely recognized as the first-ever video arcade game show, featuring great gamers competing against rivals playing the most popular games of the day in front of a live studio audience in order to win huge prizes. Alex Trebek hosted one of the first pilots for the show which was later picked up by Ted Turner to air on his then-fledgling cable station, WTBS; STARCADE went on to air more than 130 episodes over three seasons on Turner.

“I consider myself lucky to have been part of the first generation to grow up playing video games and watching STARCADE in the 1980s,” said Shout! Factory’s Development Director, Jeremy Whitham. “Back then, no one could have predicted video games would one day become the world’s most popular form of entertainment. I can’t wait to see today’s crop of celebrities, pro gamers and e-sports stars compete head-to-head and find out who is the top player on the planet.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of this STARCADE revival,” said Jim Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur, producers of the original STARCADE series. “We look forward to bringing the show back for all those avid Starcaders who have been waiting for years, as well as a new class of gaming heroes. Game on!”

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jeremy Whitham and James Caruso, the creator and executive producer of the original STARCADE.

If you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing Starcade before – you are in for a treat. Here is an episode featuring the likes of Pengo, Gyruss, Qix, and Graplop!

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Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 010 (Dragon’s Lair)

Welcome friends to the tenth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to at a retro arcade. On this show I discuss Cinematronic’s 1983 smash hit “Dragon’s Lair”!

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page.

Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page!

If you would like to take a look at part of the Dragon’s Lair scrapbook from my youth, just click here.

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Cliff Hanger

‘Cliff Hanger’ LaserDisc Arcade Game Promotional Video

Back in 1983 I didn’t have the chance to play Cliff Hanger in the wilds of the arcades in my youth, but I knew about its existence thanks to the arcade game TV show Starcade! Here you can see Cliff Hanger (aka Lupin The Third) being played on that amazing TV show.

See Cliff Hanger in action on Starcade

It wouldn’t be until years later when I learned the Cliff Hanger game was actually just footage from some of the Lupin III films like the Castle of Cagliostro and the Mystery of Mamo. Still, it was a laser disc game and I always found myself regretting that I never had the chance to play the game. This despite laser games often being 50 cents a play and eating up all my money. The graphics were just so far ahead of any other games in the arcade, you could not resist.

Read What Gameshow Rocked the Arcade Scene in the 80’s? STARCADE!

A few weeks back on the No Quarter Podcast, Mike and Carrington discussed the game. In their show notes included the link to the Stern Electronics promotional video you see below. It is a remarkable relic from our gaming past.

A big thank you to Mike and Carrington for the heads up on that awesome video!

Crystal Castles Arcade Flyer (1983)

Crystal Castles - Atari - Arcade Flyers Archive
Oh the many fond memories I have of playing this classic Atari Trak-Ball arcade game at my local Showbiz Pizza. The first time I got to see this game in action wasn’t at the arcade actually but the TBS arcade game show Starcade, I was immediately hooked by it’s rather cartoon-like visuals and jaunty opening tune.

http://youtu.be/kHK_gMhR4DA
[Via] Adam Nedeff

Thanks to The Arcade Flyer Archive we can take a look at some of the various flyers that Atari released to Arcade owners to get them excited about their new game.

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That second Flyer image though makes me think one thing…Bentley Bear is drunk!
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