"Be an Honorary Starcader"
Starcade DVD Giveaway Winners!
Production Company (the creators of the Starcade gameshow)
have generously donated ten Starcade DVDs for RetroBlast to give away,
complete with certificates signed by the Starcade production team!
We had a lot of great entries, which made choosing just
ten a bit of a challenge. It was a lot of fun going through all of the
photos, and let me personally thank everyone that entered!
Click here to view
all the entries!
Here are the winners, in the order they were chosen.
James McGovern and I each picked our winners, numbered them from 15 to
1, then I tallied up the scores and the top ten point winners were selected.
Below are the winners, and our comments about why we picked them. (Click
on the photos below to see a bigger version with the entrant's notes about
the photo, or click
here to see all the winners
on one page!)
James: "Mad points for making me laugh
outloud each time I looked at the picture. The picture truly is worth
a thousand words. The man has his priorities straight and I think he
can use the stainless steel joystick handles as they are easy to clean...ewwww.
Also big points for getting the better half to participate."
Kevin: "I have to
admit, this shot makes me smile from ear to ear every time I look at
James: "Nostalgia was a key theme in this contest and of the
entries this one is pretty cool. Documented proof that he was an arcade
competitor way back in the day scoring $100 (savings certificate? bummer)
from the local lanes. He comes in at a VERY close second only because
the operator scares me."
Kevin: "Winning money for videgaming? How true to the spirit
of Starcade is that? I gotta admit, though, that the guy in
the background just plain creeps me out."
- Scott Herzberg
James: "Again big points for nostalgia, but also for "most
people playing tron." If you look close there is at least one little
urchin stuffed into the front of that game, maybe more."
Kevin: "Why did I know that James would go for the Tron photo?
;-) Anyway, it's cool, it's retrogaming history, and you've got to love
- Jason Tosta
James: "Another great pic showing true roots. Ms. Pac Man,
Tempest, Dragon's Lair, and Roller Skating. Life is good."
Kevin: "All of the above and apparently
he got his first kiss on that evening. This photo's packing a lot of
excellent memories, methinks."
- Bob Irlen
James: "Straight from the 80's and having a blast. The expression of
the kid in the middle is priceless, but he lost points for not keeping
his eye on the game!"
Kevin: "I love this shot because it's a picture of pure joy. Pure adrenaline-soaked
videogame-fueled joy. And is there any better kind out there?"
- Mitch Gerson
he had a "The Who" patch on his back this could be a scene
from Quadrophenia. Big score for having an
old school picture showing his roots in pinball. The mod look ain't hurting
Kevin: "I've got a soft spot for
pinball, so bonus points there. This photo's just chock full of retrogaming
nostalgia at its purest."
- Mike and Kevin Rhinehart
James: "If you couldn't get to the arcade, you did the best with what
you had. These lucky guys had a pretty decent option as those games
were pretty fun."
Kevin: "Mike Rhinehart is now the marketing
director for 2K Sports, so I'd say he's been able to stick with what he
loves, always a good thing for a career!"
- Jim Robbins (with children Jenna and Jacob)
James: "This one looks like the evolution of pinball players. Way to
get them in the game."
Kevin: "I love the family aspect
of this, and Jim actually took his family out gaming just to get photos
for the contest! Talk about a cool family outing!"
- Nick Vazzana
James: "I had to put this one near the top. He is showing his willingness
to become one with the game and that is to be rewarded. I hope he got
Kevin: "This shot certainly sums
up the enthusiasm of the arcade cab builder/restorer — I remember
I had the same happy/manic expression when I got my first cab into
James: "You get points in my book for helping tommorow's youth understand
how they too can while away their hours on useless arcade and pinball
games. Big points for getting started early! (Also, I play pinball
with my daughter the same way, good show!)"
Kevin: "I remember those days, and
I sure wish I had had a pinball machine when my kids were that
Thanks to everyone who entered!
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