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Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007)

1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.

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1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.

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Ron Bailey, featured heavily in this film, as later arrested for multiple counts of sexual assault of minors, stemming from his days as a youth athletics coach. See more »

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Features Rolling Thunder (1986) See more »

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Love in a Changing World
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Written by Walter Day
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A Look Back 30 Years to the Arcade Days...
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1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.

I enjoyed the discussion of how to make the buttons react faster by using an electric knife, a pencil, or the double tap. I cannot say I was ever so devoted to games that I felt I needed to speed up my response time. Is this devotion? Obsession? A waste of time? Hmmm.

I also loved Billy Mitchell's mullet, and the trash talking from the "Missile Command" champion Mister Awesome, who has an obsession with phallic objects. There is something seriously wrong with that guy. Mitchell may not deserve to be famous, but you cannot fault the guy for taking advantage of opportunities that come his way. Awesome, on the other hand, seems to have a warped sense of his own importance... the costume and comic book take any bit of respectability gaming might have and throws it away.


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