Gee guys, aren't you glad that board gaming is so elegant and sophisticated that it has no room in its pantheon for a big ol' piece of vibrating sheet metal with miniature football players running all over it?
OR IS IT?
Surprise, much to the shame of Eurogamers and board game snobs of every stripe, here is a Cracked LCD Games from the Crypt installment about electric football. Yes, it's a board game, not a toy. LOOPIN' LOUIE is a toy. What's more, you plug into the wall. It's like my whole "technology and gaming" argument come to fruition- and this thing has been around since the '40s!
Check out this ad- it claims that this is the game that makes all others obsolete. I believe them, look at that control handle. The one I had didn't have that.
I heard that the Super Bowl was this weekend thanks to a giant beer display at the grocery store, so I thought this was an appropriate time to pay tribute to this bastard child of the tabletop gaming world. Happy Super Bowl everybody, and go Falcons! Kick a field goal!
Michael is a member of the Fortress: Ameritrash staff, and a regular columnist for Gameshark.