Video Game Stars – Gametoids are the new Factoids

A new channel has popped up on YouTube. It’s called Video Game Stars and it is put together by Emmy Award-winning producer TJ Allard. The channel produces one minute long videos about the history of video games and computing. These short videos are called “Gametoids” which is a play on the word Factoids. A new episode will be uploaded every Tuesday and as of today, April 5th, 2017, there are two videos. Check them out then subscribe to the channel so you’ll be alerted when a new video arrives.

The first is about the person who brought the first video game into space and of course the game!

The second is about beer, arcades and kids.

Game Stars

Daniel XIII Vs. YouTube (and Google Image Search)…Round 1: Fight!

While some of my erstwhile brethren here at The Retroist are masters of the YouTube, your ol’ pal the Ouija Board Kid doesn’t possess such luck. Three times have I turned to that infernal engine this day to sate mine lust for frivolous nostalgia, and three times have I been rebuked. So, to put it a different way, let’s take a look at just how badly I got screwed while wasting the day away on the internet:

Thanks Google...

Thanks Google…

See that pink horse up there? That’s what turned up on Google when I went looking for Range Ryder and the Calgary Kid in the Adventures of the Dinosaur Badlands, an amazingly threadbare Valley of the Gwangi for the pre-school produced in Canada, that was broadcast in the states a grand total of once in 1983 on Nickelodeon. I of course saw it that day (and loved its blend of plastic toys and Mike Myers), but saw no need to tape it, as I knew in my heart of hearts that when I would want to watch it again thirty years later, on a whim, that the advanced technology of the future wouldn’t let me down. I was wrong. YouTube offered only Neil Young, stunts and various other things outrageously unrelated to cowboys on fake horses wrangling a T-Rex.

As I shook my head in disbelief, the commercial jingle to the short lived 80’s revival of 70’s breakfast staple Freakies cereal became stuck in my head. So, naturally I turned to YouTube once again so I could experience the breathtaking animation that accompanied that divine music. Guess what? They didn’t have a single video of this product that absolutely no one ate 25 years ago (myself included). This was becoming an unbearable outrage.

This was included in my search results for Freakies cereal. See what I mean?

Toni Basil, alien cereal mascots…the similarities are evident

Next, while half way through a ham sandwich, I was visited by yet another spectral thought forcing its way through the ether directly into my brain, and that thought had a name dear readers; Super Friends on Ice! There are three irrefutable facts about Super Friends on Ice that I will share with you now; 1. I saw the commercial for what was sure to be the greatest spectacle seen by mortal eyes only once, sometime in the late 70’s (although it may have been in the early 80’s…and the show may have been part of a larger ice related thing, but it wasn’t Ice Capades…unless it was), 2. I saw it on either WPIX or WWOR (or maybe WSBK…but definitely on a TV set in my bedroom…or the living room), and 3. The performance of the catastrophic results to my psyche if I were to miss this one of a kind entertainment event that I laid on my parents (which lasted for 4 days and 5 nights minimum) was such a tour de force that I could have sold out the Winter Garden Theater for 40 straight weeks if I were to enact it for the public (as an aside, I would stay at the Milford Plaza…The Lullabye of ol’ Broadway; the commercial for which IS actually on YouTube). Alas, as armed as I was with the above iron-clad facts, YouTube provided me with zero videos of Hawkman and Martian Manhunter careening around the Felt Forum on ice skates.

At least this search result makes sense...kind of...

At least this search result makes sense…kind of…

So there you have it ghouls, and while I know your heart is filled with sympathy, and your eyes with tears, for my dire plight; I beseech you to cry no more. Rather, let me know if you have any long lost memories that are so obscure that even the internet can’t provide you with proof of their existence (oh, and if you find any of that crap I talked about above be sure to post a link)!

Full On YouTube – Blue Thunder

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I never saw Blue Thunder as a kid, but I was aware of it via the TV adaptation. The TV adaptation was a fun romp with a super helicopter. The movie, which I actually watched Sunday on Crackle, is a weird and twisted dive into military states and collateral damage in the skies above LA. The full version is on YouTube, but since Blue Thunder has a blue scene, I’ll merely link to it here and post the trailer.

And if you’re interested in the show, you can see the first episode on YouTube as well. Is that Dana Carvey in a flight suit, you ask? Why, yes it is, and yes, he does do his Jimmy Stewart impersonation.

Full On YouTube – Beastmaster 1 & 2

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Earlier this week I talked about cool throwing weapons from 80s fantasy movies, included Dar’s caber from The Beastmaster. While researching these weapons, I discovered that the entire Beastmaster movie is on YouTube.

Now I know that we all have Beastmaster on DVD and don’t really need the YouTube version. However, I also discovered that Beastmaster 2, which fewer of us have, is full on YouTube as well.

There is a line in part 2 in which Sarah Douglas asks why people keep wanting to cleave her black heart from her chest, saying that she thinks her cheast cleaves quite nicely on its own. A female friend watching the movie with me said she was going to remember that line and use it later. I don’t know when she thought she could use a line whose set up is “I’m going to cleave your chest…”, but it was a cool line in the film, anyway. So check out that line and all the others in Beastmaster 2.

And just in case you still can’t get enough Dar (and who can?), Beastmaster 3 is on YouTube as well.

Full On YouTube – Vision Quest

Did you know you can see some of the best movies from our childhoods on YouTube in their entirety? They are

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I just watched Vision Quest for the first time last week, but I have been influenced by it or movies like it all my life. What a perfect representation of the 80s bittersweet/forbidden/impossible/unrequited love genre. It was made even more influential by Madonna’s “Crazy For You”, which I understand was written and recorded for the film. The movie was even called Crazy For You in some countries. Some people have panned this movie, but I found Louden to be just about everything I was back then: smart yet goofy, socially-ackward and prone to embarassment but driven by strong, genuine emotions. There are two copies of the movie on YouTube. I’ll link both here in case one disappears. Do yourself a favor and watch one of them.