Episode 97 – Nick Arcade
People have been obsessed with video games since Pong debuted back in 1972. Since that time, video games have crept into our everyday lives in various ways. Several movies have been produced both about video games, like Mario Brothers, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, and Warcraft, and featuring characters that play video games, like The Wizard and The Last Starfighter.
There have also been tons of TV shows featuring video game characters. But that’s just it. Most have been *about* video games, not about what goes on inside them. One notable exception is Reboot, but that’s a story for another episode. One show in particular asked players and viewers to actually step inside the game and play it for real. That show was Nick Arcade.
Nick Arcade (also stylized Nickelodeon Arcade) is an American children’s game show created by James Bethea and Karim Miteff and hosted by Phil Moore, with Andrea Lively announcing, that aired on Nickelodeon in 1992 (in the first season, the shows were taped in December 1991 and aired in early 1992), airing originally during weekend afternoons, with reruns airing until September 28, 1997. It was taped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. In Nick Arcade, two teams of contestants played two initial trivia rounds, with the winner advancing to the “Video Zone” to play against the virtual “Video Game Wizard” of the day.
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Behind the scenes: https://youtu.be/EvJqEyXoaiY