I don’t know who did the casting for Nick Arcade but whoever it was sure had a knack for finding the most incapable gamers. This show was spectacular in the early 90s and it would be interesting to see it done in modern times with all of the new video games and improved technology. Anyway, I’m not sure if it was multiple cases of unsteady hands or if being horrible at the Sega Genesis was a requirement for all contestants, either way; almost every episode features someone so incompetent that it was frustrating to watch. I don’t want to be tough on these kids but it was 1991 and the controllers probably had two buttons and an arrow pad! How hard can that be to handle? Typically those who sucked at video games also sucked in the final part of the show called “The Video Zone”, which was a live action video game. This three level course required climbing, running, ducking and dodging which is asking a lot from an uncoordinated kid who can’t use a basic controller to collect rings on Sonic the Hedgehog. As bad as some of these kids were, the show never failed to entertain me and besides Legends Of The Hidden Temple – it looked like the most fun game show to participate in.
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