Let me shine a light on a collection of videos at the Internet Archive, episodes of the classic arcade game series Starcade.
The show ran on Ted Turner’s WTBS cable channel from 1982 – 1983, and in syndication the following year. Billed as the first video arcade game show, Starcade featured players facing off against each other on the popular arcade games of the time. Watching the episodes is like glimpsing coin-op Valhalla, with shiny Tron, Super Zaxxon and Stargate cabinets filling the backstage. It prefectly captures the 80’s in video amber.
We might not have arcades in our neighbourhoods anymore, but we still have Starcade.