STARCADE! Pilot featured 24 contestants, all playing at the
same time on 24 separate games - 8 Defender games, 8 Pac Man
games, 8 Centipede games.
Bushnell, inventor of 'Pong' and then owner of Chuck E.
Cheese Pizza Time Theatre, held auditions in several of his
locations. We flew the 24 contestants to San Francisco, put
them up in a first-class hotel, added a few sightseeing
things, and subjected them to a marathon taping session that
proved difficult but not impossible ... given the fact that
we didn't know how to quit.