It’s not the first time we have discussed a report from 1982 that covers arcade games – it seems that ’82 was the time the media really started to notice the craze (right before it crashed). If you haven’t already here’s a few blasts from the past: Footage from an arcade convention in 1982 from Chicago; a news report about arcades in the Netherlands from that year; footage from a Chuck E. Cheese in 1983; and these pictures from arcades at various times in the 80’s.
This video is a mash-up of sorts from a series of news reports by the ABC news station in L.A. from 1982. Unfortunately a few parts are cut short (forgivable since it was recorded by kids, I remember trying to record stuff correctly back in the day and it not always working out right) but for the most part you get 11 min. of classic arcade goodness. Too bad we never saw Taito’s Toasters And Chainsaws (for some reason they show Wild Western after mentioning that game) but perhaps the clever name alone wasn’t enough to carry the game anywhere. Video by shertz43