VH-1’s I Love The 80s was a terrible show. Mostly because I’m not convinced they actually loved the 1980s. While the UK got a nice nostalgia show with people that were tied to those nostalgic elements, the US had a bunch of unfunny talking heads who couldn’t properly transform an Optimus Prime toy of all figures because they were too busy drooling over the nude scene in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. I really don’t like the show, although later versions tried to do it better.
But what if you combined the humor and nostalgia? And focused on the subject of video games? Gaming website Retroware decided to find out and created The Video Game Years, a look at the early days of gaming. Tonight we’ll be looking at the first episode, 1977. Originally released in parts, the show is now available as a full-length special and we’re going to look at the debut of handheld gaming, Chuck E. Cheese, Pong clones, cartridge-based game consoles, and the influence of Star Wars on early video games.
If you want to see more episodes or are curious about the presenters, check out Retroware’s website, where they’re hosted, or at least were. They may have stopped making videos or just left the site by now, but if they’re there you can find them.