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February 2018 Retro Gaming Article

February 2, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

1983's Joysticks is an awful film, but it's full of arcade games and I highly recommend it

Joysticks 1983 film
I enjoyed this flick much more than I should have. Classic arcade games and a style of moviemaking destined for VHS preservation!
I've downloaded a few MP3s, but I buy all my music on CDs. Similarly, my DVD collection is ever growing, but I decided to give this streaming thing a try. Yes, I retired my betamax quite a while ago. So, I bought a Fire Stick from Amazon to see what all the cool kids are watching.

Unsure what to expect, I pushed the menu button and poked around. They wanted to charge a fee for the recent films I checked out. Then I remembered seeing a movie poster online for Joysticks, a film from 1983. Speaking the title into the remote, I waited a few seconds and suddenly this arcade-oriented gem began to play! I kicked back for an awful movie and a great time! It was a pleasant reminder of the dimple comedies that littered the 80s. So dumb... they're fun!

I love finding actors in such films that later went on to bigger better things. John Diehl plays the son of an arrogant businessman trying to shut down the local arcade. Later we'd see him as Larry Zito in TV's Miami Vice as well as the 1994 film, The Client.

The quirky nonsense of Joysticks makes it fun despite the idiocy. I remember so many flicks like this on late-night cable channels in the 80's.

Corinne Bohrer in Joysticks
Plot summary for Joysticks:
When a top local businessman and his two bumbling nephews try to shut down the town's only video arcade, arcade employees and patrons fight back. Jefferson Bailey (Scott McGinnis) runs the most popular video arcade in town, much to the chagrin of local businessman Joseph Rutter (Joe Don Baker). With his two bumbling nephews, Rutter aims to frame Bailey and have his business shut down.

Bailey, however, is wise to Rutter's plan and teams with best buds Eugene (Leif Green) and McDorfus (Jim Greenleaf) to stop this scheme, which also involves a video game duel with punker King Vidiot (Jon Gries).

Along with a slew of delightfully awful movies, I've discovered Mr. Robot and some other awesome shows through the Fire Stick. I come out from under my rock now and then, but I will always love physical media. It's more reliable and feels good in your hands!

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