1982 Williams Electronics Arcade Promo - Defender and Joust

Original 1982 Williams Electronics Arcade Promo

Friends, I have a very bad tendency to repeat this following statement but only because it’s true – it’s so amazing to be able to find retro treasures in this day and age that I’ve never seen before. Case in point this 1982 Williams Electronics arcade promo – originally put together on November 11th by Leben Productions. Take a moment and think about it from the perspective of an arcade owner back in the day – going by the Arcade Flyer Archive – there was well over 60 arcade game released that year. Titles like Q*bert, Pooyan, Mr. Do!, Reactor, BurgerTime, and Dig Dug to name just a few of the classic arcade titles that made it to the arcades. So you can see how Williams Electronics felt it was a good idea to produce this VHS tape to show arcade owners that by investing in their games – like Defender and the just released Joust, they were making the wise decision.

Did I forget to mention that in this 1982 Williams Electronics arcade promo they make their point with two talking arcade cabinets?

I do not say this lightly but I feel this 1982 Williams Electronics arcade promo is probably one of the neatest things I’ve seen in some time. I need to pause for a second and let you know that I didn’t stumble across this video – it was sent to me by Shea Mathis of the Arkadia Retrocade. For those of you who haven’t listened to the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast, Shea is not only one of my best friends but happens to be the owner and manager of that arcade – where I happen to work during the week. Obviously he knew that I would find this bit of historical fun of interest as well as wanting to share it with all of you.

And fun is a major part of why this 1982 video is so charming – as the older and wiser Defender cabinet explains to Joust why Williams Electronics games are such a wise investment. During the nearly seven minute long promo – they feature the likes of Robotron 2084, Stargate, Sinistar, and even games that the legendary company licensed such as Moon Patrol and Make Trax. Hands down though the craziest moment is when our arcade cabinet duo venture out back of the arcade to gaze upon the Arcade Graveyard… not because of what looks to actually junked arcade cabinets but the somber vibe they manage to pull off.

So grab your favorite snack and beverage and take a few minutes to enjoy this 1982 Williams Electronics arcade promo!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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