A couple weekends ago I went down to San Jose to catch California Extreme. Competition paint-ball? Roller Derby? Hunting expo?
California Extreme is the "Classic Arcade Games Show". It's an annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. All games on display are set for free play, so leave your quarters in the ash tray in your car. You won't need 'em.
While being dazzled and terrorized by the sit-down Sinistar game, a kind fellow from the San Jose Mercury News began taking photos. Obviously, he could tell I was a Sinistar genius. Or maybe he was attracted to the staccato bursts of expletives that shot from within the game's enclosure every few seconds. He took lots of photos and lurked around until I was sufficiently dazed by the twitch-tacular game at which time he hit me for a few questions. Watch me stumble through the interview.
I spent over three hours playing old favorites and discovering "new" games. For instance, while I knew that there was a Journey-themed video game, I was stunned to see a Gallagher game. Was he popular enough in 1992 to warrant a video game? Also played: Burgertime, Food Fight, Xevious, Q-Bert, Battlezone, Jungle Hunt, Zoo Keeper, GORF, Wizard of Wor, Reactor and others.
I had plans on editing a really elaborate video game dream sequence piece but my original footage is crap. So, I'll give you this.