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Watch this: one-time 1983 special 'Battle of the Video Games'

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The Awl has dug up the intro to "Battle of the Video Games," a spectacular taste of the culture of 1983 — that's nearly thirty years ago if you've conveniently let that slip from your mind.

Battle of the Video Games THE AWL
Battle of the Video Games THE AWL

The arcade as we know it may not exist anymore in the US, but there was a time when they were big enough to garner their own TV shows. The Awl has dug up the intro to "Battle of the Video Games," a spectacular taste of the culture of 1983 — that's nearly thirty years ago if you've conveniently let that slip from your mind. The one-time special features Heather Locklear, Happy Days' Anson Williams, Lou Ferrigno, Scott Baio, and other '80s — erm — stars. The contest pits the celebrities, split into two teams, against each other in three rounds: Ms. Pac-Man, BugerTime, and Frogger. Unfortunately it appears that only the introduction to the show has survived to make it onto YouTube, but it's certainly worth a watch to see the gameplay mechanics of Pac-Man explained for someone who's never heard of it before. If you're hooked, The Awl offers a oddly-captivating look at the show, with some stills showing what happened after the intro.