Super Bowl Sunday, 30 Years Later


I didn’t watch the Super Bowl last weekend because for most of it I was driving home from Lake Chelan.

30 years ago, my excuse for not watching the 1982 Super Bowl was that I played the coin-op video game Defender for 24 hours that day. Here’s the headline of the article that ran in the next day’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer:


I wrote a book about playing Defender that year, and that manuscript got me a job at JoyStik Magazine in Chicago, and I wound up living in Chicago for 18 years and then Spokane 5 years before return to Seattle. Video games can change the course of your life, kids. Be careful out there.

A few more clippings from Defender glory days:



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