Missile Command

Missile Command

Back in the 80s, the Cold War was still a very real threat so, naturally, the whole global thermonuclear annihilation thing provided an exciting theme for an arcade game. Missile Command, released by Atari in 1980, took advantage of the perpetual U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. standoff to create a virtual world where missiles were indeed flying fast and furious and only you and your quarters could save the country. Continue reading...

Care Bears Movie

The Care Bears Movie

"It's never too late if you care enough!"Wise words from a kindhearted clan of bears who had already spread their particular brand of unconditional love via a very successful line of greeting cards and stuffed children’s toys. Now it was time to warm the hearts of their young admires with a feature film in 1985, The Care Bears Movie. With some help from a few other furry critters, the Care Bears reminded all watching that love is always the answer. Continue reading...

Air Hockey

Air Hockey

Greatness is often found in simplicity. And when it comes to arcade games, there is no greater embodiment of simplicity than Air Hockey, a game that can be learned in less than a minute and is still played, over 40 years since its inception, all around the world. It came upon the scene in the early 70s, and soon after, the distinctive click-clack sounds of two players battling it out could be heard in every arcade across the country. Continue reading...

Hawaiian Punch

Hawaiian Punch

Until the 1980s, commercial-watching consumers could catch the striped-shirt wearing mascot, Punchy, popping the unsuspecting tourist Opie/Oaf in the face after offering him a nice Hawaiian Punch. Punchy’s fisticuff days are a thing of the past, but that ruby-red concoction many of us have grown to love over the years remains as popular as ever. Continue reading...

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

It is almost impossible to make a list of “feel good” movies and not have The Karate Kid somewhere at the top. This endearing film about an ill-tempered teen and his calm and wise mentor quickly became one of the biggest box-office successes of 1984 – thanks to audiences whose chose to not only see it once at the theaters, but often multiple times. It would spawn a trio of sequels, as well as a Saturday morning cartoon, earn an Acadamy Award nomination for actor Pat Morita (of Happy Days and Mr. T. and Tina fame) and prompt millions of moviegoers to imitate the traditional training method of “Wax on – Wax off.” Continue reading...

Donkey Kong Cereals

Donkey Kong Cereals

It’s certainly no surprise that manufacturers of kid’s breakfast cereals have found much of their success by tying their product to popular cultural icons, such as television cartoons. But with the rapid rise in the popularity of video games in the early 80s, these computer-generated mascots were able to get in on the action as well. And with a game as enormously popular as Donkey Kong, few were suprised when a breakfast cereal soon followed. Unfortunately, its rightful place in the supermarket aisle was short lived. Continue reading...

Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap

Just one glimpse of the elaborate mechanism, known as a Rube Goldberg Machine, is enough to get any kid begging for their parents to buy them a Mouse Trap game. Granted, it is perhaps the most inefficient way ever concocted to catch a mouse, but that’s really beside the point (or maybe it actually is the point.) Regardless, kids have been enjoying this simple game for almost five decades and its popularity shows no sign of slowing. Continue reading...

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

Not since the era of Ed Wood has a movie been so delightfully bad it was actually good. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! was so bad, in fact, that one might actually surmise that the filmmaker purposefully set out to make the worst movie possible…and they would be right. Producer John De Bello was determined to make a spoof of the horrifically bad 1950s-style horror films, and he succeeded so magnificently that the movie set the benchmark for bad movies for perhaps centuries to come. Let's take a look back at this unforgettable film, released in 1978. Continue reading...