Published on 10-31-2010 10:05 AM
The year is 1983. Arcades were filled with video games considered archaic by today's standards; Mario Bros. (the original), Spy Hunter, Track and Field, Cloak & Dagger and Food Fight - just to name a few. The home video game market was collapsing and the NES had just hit Japan, but wouldn't hit our shores for another two years. Theaters were playing movies like Risky Business, Scarface and The Dead Zone. Michael Jackson was still black and groups like Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Prince topped the music charts. Chicago elected the first black mayor, Sally Ride was the first woman in outer space and a suicide bomb attack in Beirut killed 241 Marines.
Are you firmly dialed back into the '80s now? Good - because video games like Dragon's Lair and its ilk are "period pieces" - and they require a proper mindset to be enjoyed fully.