Original Pilot

Starcade was envisioned quite differently from the way you see it today -- a series of team competitions with the winner from each team competing against each other for the Grand Prize!
More About the Original Pilot
  • Randy Nomura
    Original Starcade Pilot
    taped: 8/30/1981
Randy was was 22 years old in '81 when he was one of the 24 contestants on the original STARCADE! Pilot. Randy was on the Blue Team, playing Centipede, which was at the time a brand new Atari game. His score after 30 seconds of play was 11,575, the #1 score in the Centipede competition.

Randy advanced to the Playoff competition, playing against the winners of the other 2 competitions - Pac Man winner and the Defender winner. The Playoff game was Berzerk. Randy scored 1,210 points in 30 seconds, coming in a close second. The winning score was 1,570.

As a finalist, Randy won an Atari video game system, an Asteroids cartridge and a party for 10 at his local Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre. We hosted Randy, along with all 24 contestants, with accommodations in San Francisco at one of the city's best hotels, sightseeing trips and the transportation costs to get to the city.

In 2005 Randy checked in by signing up as a Starcade! member. He didn't update us on what he's doing today. When he does, we'll update this page.

Great to hear from Randy, one of the few Starcaders! who was a part of our original vision for the show ... Thank you for helping us make the magic come alive!
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