I think the second event (the one that was poorly organized) was described in the book "The Ultimate History of Video Games". I cannot for the life of me cite a page number though, sorry.
Welp, off to Amazon.
Had a look at a PDF document of the contents page. It's probably somewhere between page 295 and 331
Thank you. I own the kindle edition and the Audible audiobook, which aren't very useful for citations.
(Before watching the video)
Are you kidding me? I need a minute!
(After watching the video)
Damn, Google's no help! It would be a freakin' miracle if somebody finds that tape!
So where's the x-rated tape from your past, Brad? I mean, it's been a rumor on the internet for YEARS and I think that is far more likely than you being in a rap video!
I wasn't in the x-rated video, I was just hired to film it :)
I love your stories.
Damn, Brad, your mom was pretty cool. I don't think my parents ever would have taken me to a video game competition as a kid, much less stuck it out in line for 6 hours like that.
Anyway, if this video ever surfaces, please do share it on the site (or at least link it). You've really piqued my curiosity...
I think a rap video where Brad shouts "Hey! Ho!" would be harder to find than a Brad directed porno video where the performers shout "Hey, Ho!"
You better be careful what you wish for, Brad. Someone might find it and it'll make you cringe so hard that you die.
I found this for 1992, but you need to make an account. I also found out that M.C. Hammer was at your State Fair in 1992.
I giggle when I put myself down. It's just funny to me.
I think we need to put 'Sherlock Bones' on the case and sniff out this video! :D
Or just Lloyd.
That wasn't me.
So, you were like, ten?
That sounds like a complete nightmare. I bet whoever put that whole thing together had never actually run something like that before and had no idea what they were doing. Here's hoping you find that video, but if it was as ill conceived as you describe, at best it might be bit rotting in a mini-VHS in some attic somewhere, never to be uploaded to Youtube. But hey, maybe whoever put that together is digging through that attic right now.
And then they died of hantavirus. Great job Brad!
I entered the Blockbuster video game competition they had a couple years later (93 or 94, something like that, I know it couldn't have been past 95). Compared to your story, mine was far better run, but I do recall being disappointed in the total lack of spectacle. Entering the store it just looked like an ordinary day there, and I had to ask about it at which point one of the employees would be pulled aside from some actual work to guide me through one of the three games they had me do each weekend. They'd right down my score, and that'd be that. No huge fireworks displays or audiences, which to be fair I wasn't expecting anyway, but not even crowds gathered around me to talk about how I was doing? I'm disappointed, reality! I do know they had the competition for both SNES and Genesis. I don't think Sega and Nintendo worked together so much as Blockbuster just sorta asked both of them to participate and work with them.
I heard Nintendo actually went through with a real life version of that Wizard tournament. I wonder how that went. It sorta came and went without all that much fanfare, but I understand they put a lot into the theatrics this time around.
I entered the blockbuster 1995 comp with the special donkey kong country cartridges which are super expensive now. Same experience for me, I had first place for nearly the whole time but someone beat my score 2 days before the end so I didn't get to go to the finals but got second at our store which I got nothing for. Lame. Kinda wish I had done the Genesis one too but I was better at snes, obviously since I al out made the finals. And for you young kids blockbuster was where you went to get movies and get ripped off by late fees before redbox and Netflix. And yes that's a joke... I hope. Or it's not. To which I say good day sir
I just ran into someone who had no idea what "Gilligan's Isle" was. Now, I didn't expect this kid to have actually watched a single episode of the show, but I was under the impression that it was such a cultural phenomenon that everyone at least knew about it. Oddly enough, the kid still knew what Lassie was, so there's that.
In ten years, we'll be seeing Gilligan's Isle on a list of "ten obscure shows you won't believe were massive hits in their day". That depresses me. I'm too young to have actually been alive when the show was on, and I only watched a few episodes on Nick at Night, but with all the references and parodies of it on TV growing up, you can bet I was aware of it. I guess they've just kinda stopped even bothering to reference it in today's cartoons.
This is why Brad dressed like he's in an early 90s rap video. He's hoping someone will recognize him...
Bradley, forgive me for the lateness of my reply, but perchance the musician in question performed in the genre of hip-hop instead of rap. It is understandable why you may have confused them.
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