It’s Friday afternoon and you’re probably looking for things to do that’s anything but work related. So how an ultra detailed account as to why Nick Arcade was way ahead of its time?
What video game loving child of the early 90s didn’t fantasize about being on Nickelodeon’s number one game show? Yes, it was better than Double Dare. Aside from flexing one’s NES, SNES, and Genesis game playing skills and knowledge base of games in general on national television, you actually to be inside an actual game!
But many of us took for granted the tech involved, which is fairly archaic by today’s standards. Something that the show’s creators gladly admit, but back then, it was a technological milestone. Which is covered in great detail in a report courtesy of Splitsider. It’s a long read, but a good one. About how the two creators, both barely 25 at the time, had to craft pretty much every single aspect of the show themselves, and almost entirely from scratch.
Including what would end up being the largest blue screen set-up ever. Years later, when they visited the set of Iron Man 2 (both were school pals with director Jon Favreau), they both laughed at the largest blue screen ever for a movie, because theirs was even bigger and many years ahead of Hollywood.
They were also innovators in the sense that they actually took the subject matter seriously, a strong contrast to how most television executives viewed video games. Because they knew that they weren’t just some silly toy or passing fad, but “a legitimate part of kids’ lives, replacing stamp collecting or whatever had happened before it.”
Again, it’s chock full of fascinating behind the scenes detail that you’ll thank yourself later reading up on. Though I’m mostly happy that the author chose to include the video above, of the worst Nick Arcade player ever. Never gets old.