Digitizing the VHS History of Video Games
Long before YouTube existed, gaming companies used to release VHS tapes made for enthusiasts who wanted to see exclusive tips and footage for upcoming games. In the 80s and 90s, video game companies and trade magazines made these tapes to accompany popular titles or new issues with bonus material or promotional footage, giving a glimpse into how marketing for games was done in the industry’s early days.
UK-based gaming journalist and blogger Chris Scullion is on a mission to preserve his collection of these old video game VHS tapes by uploading them to his YouTube Channel
. Scullion has 18 tapes to upload so far, and plans to provide accompanying commentary as well as the raw video as they go up.
Scullion’s first upload
is a promotional tape for Super Mario All-Stars, given away by Nintendo UK in 1993. It’s hosted by Craig Charles, who played Lister in the British sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf.