[Wired In raw #24: Amusement Operators Expo #1]

Raw footage for "Wired In," a never completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. The videomakers gather footage from a video game convention in Chicago. We watch as numerous attendees play some of the hottest new video games. A.O.E. #1.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with color bars and room audio.

00:50Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a video game being played by a pair of convention attendees. The crew gathers footage from in and around the convention. This lasts for several minutes.

02:27Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of people playing “The Adventures of Robby Roto” video game. Numerous people try their hand at the new game. Game Designer and Programmer Ron Robot (alias of Eugene Jarvis) of Williams Electronics speaks with the videomakers about his experience playing “Roto.” “It’s pretty weird. I think it’s above me. I think it’s beyond me actually.” When asked if he’ll ever play “Roto” again, Robot hesitates, then says that he probably would. The videomakers then continue to gather footage of other people playing video games.

06:41Copy video clip URL The videomakers interview John Reckas of Bally Pinball Division about “Roto.” When asked whether the game will be a hit the along the lines of Pac Man, Reckas says, “Nothing compares to Pac man. Let’s just say that Robby Roto is going to be around a while. I mean to try to compare it to Pac Man is really tough to do because that’s just a one of a kind. It’s a phenomenon. But Robby Roto–it’s definitely going to be out and around and it’s going to be something that I think the operators are going to be making money off of for you know, months to come.” Reckas then directs the videomakers to a Bally/Midway Representative.

10:17Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a Pac Man pinball machine. The camera operator continues to gather footage from in and around the convention hall. This lasts for several minutes.

12:40Copy video clip URL Bonnie Wadell of Tuni Electro Service talks about their company’s new convertible video system. The system is a large apparatus that is shaped liked a normal arcade game. However, the owner can manually switch out games. She takes the videomakers through the the steps of installing and removing video games into the machine. This lasts for several minutes.

16:55Copy video clip URL Cut to an interview with a representative about the convertible gaming systems. This lasts for several minutes.

19:29Copy video clip URL Tape ends.

 

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