80’s Themed Starcade Game Show is Making a Comeback! (VIDEO)


Let’s take you back in time, my friends. Back to when arcade gaming was the go-to pastime for those who loved to spend a few hours battling it out against their friends, and quarters were meant for more than just the laundromat. Back in the 80’s, those who couldn’t find the time to head to their local arcade to play, had the option of watching other gamers battle it out on those fridge-sized machines in the first competitive video game TV series. Starcade, for those who remember it, lasted about three seasons before being taken off the air just in time for home consoles to start becoming the norm of gamers.

Luckily for those who have the bug for nostalgia, there’s hope to relive those good old days of video game entertainment! Shout Factory has just purchased the rights to Starcade and plans on reviving the show for 21st century viewers everywhere! The announcement was made on their official Twitter yesterday much to the excitement of fans everywhere, and the company plans on releasing more details on the show’s return in the near future.

Originally created by JM Production company, Starcade ran for about 130 episodes after its pilot in 1982. Show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur worked tirelessly to make it such an interesting show, although fan enthusiasm for its production couldn’t keep it on the air for long. Luckily, when Shout Factory approached both the studio and creators about reviving the show, the request was met with excitement. JM Productions quickly signed off on the rights to Shout Factory, and Caruso and Arthur themselves will be working with the company to help recreate the beloved series for a brand new generation of gamers.

We’re thrilled to be part of this Starcade revival. 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! ~ James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur, Starcade Creators

For those who don’t quite remember how much fun the old show was, check out the video below to get reacquainted with this classic as we wait for more word on the revival process:

In the advent of eSports, this couldn’t be a better time for the show to make its comeback. ESports is quickly growing in popularity for those who want to watch a good bit of competition between gamers, and with livestreaming becoming the go-to method for showing off your skills, the return of the show that very well could have influenced all of these changes is a welcome sight. As of right now, it’s still too soon to see if Starcade will be throwing back entirely and utilizing cabinets like the original show did. It’s very possible that consoles and VR will be used in the new show, though it would be kind of nice if they decided to go back to grass roots and bring in a few old-timey arcades just to keep the feel of the old show alive.


So what do you think of the announcement of Starcade’s return? Are you excited to see the show again after 30 years? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and game on!


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