Classic arcade game show Starcade coming to Twitch

Matt Sayer 25 July 2017

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You'll be able to watch all 123 episodes of the quirky 80s game show for free in late August.

The 80s were a weird and wonderful time for video games. The arcade era brought video games into the mainstream consciousness, resulting in songs like Pac-Man Fever dominating the music charts and movies like Tron and The Last Starfighter bringing video games to Hollywood. Of all the attempts to bank on the popularity of the arcade, by far the most delightfully wacky was Starcade, the first game show based entirely around video games.

Running from 1982 to 1984, Starcade challenged contestants with answering video game trivia and competing for high scores in games like Pac-Man, Centipede and Galaga. The show proved tremendously popular, paving the way for later series like Nick Arcade and Video Power in the early 90s.

To celebrate the show's 35th anniversary, streaming network Shout! Factory TV will be hosting a 6-day marathon of all 123 episodes of Starcade on Twitch in late August. The marathon will be completely free to watch on Shout! Factory TV's Twitch channel and will include context-setting intros for all the games and hosts featured on the show—a handy addition for viewers who aren't so quizzed up on the arcade era.

We'll keep you posted when the precise date for the marathon is nailed down. In the meantime, we'll be listening to Pac-Man Fever on repeat to get us in a suitable retro mood.


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