Trivia / Starcade

  • Development Hell: The Starcade 2000 revival fell into this; Mavis Arthur said in an interview "Same problems as the 80s, a TV show about arcade games is a tough sell." They indicated that they might go the Kickstarter route or try to put on a Starcade tribute show; however, a Hope Spot has appeared with the announcement that Shout! Factory is planning to reboot the series.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: "Starcaders". The contestants were also called this occasionally.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For the most part, averted. JM Productions has almost all the master tapes (except apparently for episode 35) and has put many episodes onto the Starcade website; the Dragon's Lair 20th Anniversary DVD also includes a full episode (where a Dragon's Lair machine was the grand prize) as an extra. If you look on Google, you'll find an older version of the website with clips of the Eruzione and Trebek pilots.
  • One of Us: After getting the job, Geoff immersed himself into the genre, becoming a fan and gamer in the process. He frequently gave hints before contestants played (some relatively obvious, others not so much), and a "Starcade Hotline" segment consisted of him playing and beating Sinistar (a notoriously difficult game) after a taping. Geoff remained a devoted fan for the rest of his life, playing modern games as well as the classics.
  • Troubled Production: It was a long and winding road to get the series on air; this article details all the roadblocks and bumps.
  • What Could Have Been: The USA Network revival plans from 2006, which would've featured totally different, tournament-style rules had it progressed further.