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

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

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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...

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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