Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Return of Starcade?

Does anyone remember the TV game show Starcade? Probably not. It was the 80's after all. But Shout!Factory recently acquired the rights to it and wants to help bring the series back. Shout!Factory is a small media publisher that helps keep the spirits of classic TV shows and movies alive, such as Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures. They sell DVD and BluRay box sets of the old stuff, and showcase them in movie theaters on occasion too.

So what's up with Starcade?

It's a show where 2 people compete against each other in arcade games for prizes. The show lasted for 3 seasons with 130 episodes in total. The pilot episode even features Alex Trebek! It also gave first glimpses at future hit games like Star Wars and Wacko! Given the current appeal for eSPorts, Starcade could be rebooting itself at the right time.

The original show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur are on board. There's no word about format, filming, or if it'll be on TV at all. It could be another part of the Shout!Factory streaming lineup. Welcome to the future kids, where games are taking over!

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