Long, long ago, the hit TV show That’s Incredible hosted one of the very first televised videogame competitions. It was awesome then, and it’s just about as awesome now.
It was the eighties. Videogames were in their infancy, and the arcade was the place to see and be seen. It was a time when arcade champs, like the three guys taking part in this competition, had groupies. No, seriously, they did.
Given that I used to watch That’s Incredible religiously, I’m fairly certain I saw this clip when it originally aired. I didn’t remember it until I saw it featured in Chasing Ghosts – Beyond the Arcade, an excellent, if somewhat depressing look at the heyday of video arcades.
If you ever have the chance to see Chasing Ghosts, make sure you do – it’s positively fascinating. In the mean time, just enjoy the amazing (dare I say, incredible) commentary for this competition.