Classic arcade competition being rebooted by the company behind new 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' revival
Starcade, one of the very first video game TV shows when it first aired for Ted Turner's fledgling WTBS cable channel back in 1982 (after a pilot episode that was hosted by Jeopardy's Alex Trebek,) is about to make a comeback thanks to retro pop culture preservationist label Shout Factory – the same team responsible for the recent Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival.
The original show featured a mix of competitive arcade gameplay and game-specific trivia, and was a trailblazer in showcasing video games as a serious part of pop culture. The show ran for over 130 episodes and thanks to syndication and reruns on the now-defunct games-focused G4TV network it has remained a familiar part of gaming history. Though Shout Factory has yet to reveal any specific plans for the rebooted show – or when it will air – early indications seem to be that it will follow a similar format to the 35-year-old original but with more celebrity and esports influence.
"I consider myself lucky to have been part of the first generation to grow up playing video games and watching Starcade in the 1980s,” said Shout Factory’s development director Jeremy Whitham. "Back then, no one could have predicted video games would one day become the world’s most popular form of entertainment. I can’t wait to see today’s crop of celebrities, pro gamers and esports stars compete head-to-head and find out who is the top player on the planet."