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
  • Karina Hallum
    Original Starcade Pilot
    taped: 8/30/1981
Karina was a cute little 8 year old in '81 when she was one of the 24 contestants on the original STARCADE! Pilot. Karina was on the Blue Team, playing Centipede, which was, at the time, a brand new Atari game. Her score after 30 seconds of play was 6,979, ranking #7 of the 8 players, at 8 that's pretty impressve since she hadn't seen the game before -- at least she wasn't #8 of 8. The high score was 11,575 scored by Randy Nomura.

Karina won a party for 10 at her local Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre. We hosted Karina, 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 Karina's husband checked her in, saying "Karina Hallum is my wife ... I was messing around and Googled her name. This is great!"

Great to hear from Karina, 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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