Press Rewind: Games that require a VCR
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Inspired by the thread http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/91518 about DVD games. There was quite some comparison drawn between DVD games and their VCR-based predecessors. The general concensus was that the VCR games were of mediocre quality at best, and left to a fate of obscurity and thrift store fare.

Having played one or two VCR games in the past, I looked for a Geeklist about VCR games, only to find none. This list fills that void. Please feel free to add to it.

And don't forget, Betamax counts, too!

(I've been trying to include images that show the tape itself.)
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26. Board Game: The Honeymooners VCR Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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It amuses me how the source material for this game predates the medium of gameplay. I wonder if there are film projecter games out there. "Laurel & Hardy: 8mm Memory Challenge"
 
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27. Board Game: VCR Baseball [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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28. Board Game: VH1 Pop Up Video Game [Average Rating:4.99 Overall Rank:15289]
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Boy, was this ever a fad!
 
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29. Board Game: Myth [Average Rating:4.94 Unranked]
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Card battle game.
Was fun as a kid, but too simple for most older gamers.
The depictions of battle were pretty uninspiring and very brown.

A friend and I came up with a way to play without the video that was pretty fun, but I can't remember the rules anymore.
 
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30. Board Game: Skull & Crossbones [Average Rating:4.90 Unranked]
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Heh. Hello subscribers!

Blast from the past.


Here's a pirate game.
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31. Board Game: The X-Files Trivia Game [Average Rating:4.88 Overall Rank:15691]
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Trivia game about the X-Files television show, which ran for almost a decade in the US.

An essential addition to any alien autopsy collection.
 
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32. Board Game: The VCR Hockey Game [Average Rating:4.79 Unranked]
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33. Board Game: VCR College Bowl Game [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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34. Board Game: Eyewitness Newsreel Challenge: A VCR Game [Average Rating:4.66 Unranked]
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"It combines the enjoyment of VCR viewing with the competitveness of a game."

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Make-Up-Your_Own Trivia Game! Watch archival footage, then make up questions about it, and try to stump the other team!
 
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35. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit Video: Star Trek Edition [Average Rating:4.57 Unranked]
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I have had this around 5 years but haven't yet got round to playing it!
 
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36. Board Game: Winter Olympics VCR Game [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Just in time for the Torino games.

This sounds bizarre: "The game consists of a board, videotape, cards, plastic medals, and pawns. On your turn you watch a 10-15 second random video clip of one of the nine events. At the end of the clip is a section with rapidly changing point values. You then pause the VCR and score whatever points are shown, double them if the space on the board you are on matches the event you just watched."
 
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37. Board Game: The Three Stooges VCR Game [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!
 
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38. Board Game: Hi-Ho! Cherry-O VCR Game [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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I realize this list is super old, but VCR games are a guilty pleasure of mine. There are a bunch on this list I've never heard of, so needless to say, the hunt begins.

I found this one at a St. Vincent dePaul store recently for $2. I debated with myself for a LONG time, as I hate the regular game. But, the VHS tape pulled me in, and I took it home. My son (of course) loves it. There's not much to it, as you'd expect, but you can play the whole tape in 20 minutes for three complete games, and as a bonus, you get that darn song stuck in your head for weeks, as they play it about 17 thousand times.

"First you pick a cherry tree, then you pick a cherry. Turn it over, what do you get? Hi-ho! Cherry-o!" shake
 
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39. Board Game: The VCR Basketball Game [Average Rating:4.43 Unranked]
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"Simulates coaching an NBA team through play calling. Includes a videotape with footage from all NBA teams from the mid '80s. Also includes a mini ball and hoop to make your own free throws."
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40. Board Game: RoboCop VCR Game [Average Rating:4.40 Unranked]
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Another example of blatant merchandising. Makes me want to be a beatnik.

Robocop had that bald tough guy look a decade before Vin Diesel made it look cool.
 
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41. Board Game: Agatha Christie: Behind the Screen [Average Rating:4.38 Unranked]
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42. Board Game: The VCR Wrestlemania Game [Average Rating:4.27 Unranked]
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43. Board Game: The VCR Quarterback Game [Average Rating:4.24 Unranked]
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44. Board Game: Rich Little's VCR Charades [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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"Rich Little acts out Charades on a video tape and two teams have to guess the charade before the team on the video tape guesses correctly. Teams also act out charades for scoring on their own."
 
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45. Board Game: Chutes and Ladders VCR [Average Rating:3.84 Overall Rank:16657]
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I'm speechless!
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46. Board Game: Rap Rat Video Board Game [Average Rating:3.40 Unranked]
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I am not making this up:

"Just press 'PLAY' and you're on the way, rappin' with a little rodent with a lot to say! RAP RAT - the host of this innovative, interactive Video Board Game for two to six kids who just want to have FUN!

Sensational! Recreational! Inspirational! Educational! That's a FACT!

Make up your colour coded puzzle first, then press STOP to beat RAP RAT. But if the cheese gets eaten, you all get beaten!"
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47. Board Game: Ellery Queen's Operation: Murder [Average Rating:3.33 Unranked]
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murder mystery VCR game
 
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48. Board Game: America's Funniest Home Videos Game [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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How long until we see "America's Funniest Grainy Camera Phone Clips"?
 
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49. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit Video: Sports Edition [Average Rating:2.67 Unranked]
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"PAL VHS tape of sporting moments. Can be played as a game itself or used in conjunction with the Trivial Pursuit board game."
 
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50. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit Music Master Game: Family Edition [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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