Failure means video death: Watch a 1982 report on video games

Also, Pac-man is the main character, not the monsters...

It's easy to look back on old TV news footage and go, "wow, did they get that wrong." But even back in 1982 I would have laughed at this report and how much this guy got wrong. Witness a reporter's take on the hottest video games of 1982.

OK, here's the thing. Pac-man is the name of the yellow circle thing, not the monsters you eat. They are the ghosts (Binky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde) - it's right there on the instruction screen, Mr. Reporter Guy. And it's "Galaga", not "Galaxon". Sheesh. Even in 1982, 14-year-old me would have been calling up the station to report those errors (on my rotary phone, thank you very much).

Anyway, I also love the graphics they put up near the end, especially the one that says "Failure means video death." I may put that on a T-shirt.

Speaking of Pac-Man...

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