Games From the Crypt: Super Bowl Edition

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colecofootballGee 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?


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.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of and as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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