The Awkward Charms of a 1984 TV Show About PC Gaming

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This is an episode from Computer Chronicles, a dusty old TV show about...computers. This one is all about games, and features appearances from guys like Atari legend Chris Crawford, EA founder Trip Hawkins and even a guy from Activision.


What's great is that, being a show that's normally about computers anyway, it doesn't have the same simplified (some may even argue condescending) tone you'd find in most reports from the time on a mainstream media program.

1984 TV Show about Computer Games [YouTube, via Rock, Paper, Shotgun]



I think Steve Kitchen learned the word "vicarious" immediately prior to showing up for the interview. That, or it was his word of the day, that day in 1984.

Does anyone remember what that arcade game they showed briefly was where its actual film (or some sort of photography) flying below you and you fly the plane in a River Raid type game? I loved that, back in the day. I loved it vicariously.