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Steven Spielberg Has A Star Wars Arcade Cupboard In 2023

A photo shows Steven Spielberg sitting near a Star Wars arcade cabinet in his office.

Screenshot: CBS / Kotaku

In a latest, wide-ranging interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert, uber-successful director Steven Spielberg talked about his household, his lengthy profession, and his love of movies. However we aren’t right here to speak about that. As an alternative, what’s that over there behind you Stephen and Steven? Is that…oh yup. It’s a Star Wars arcade cupboard.

Steven Spielberg is the director behind hit movies like Jurassic Park, Jaws, and Schindler’s Record. He’s been making movies for over 50 years now and is usually cited as one of many best and most profitable administrators in historical past. And as a part of the continued awards season, Spielberg sat down with Stephen Colbert on the March 2nd episode of The Late Present With Stephen Colbert to talk about many issues, but in addition to particularly speak about his latest, Oscar-nominated movie The Fabelmans. And it’s a fantastic movie. I cherished it. Nonetheless, I used to be distracted in the course of the interview by an Atari Star Wars arcade cupboard hanging out in Spielberg’s Amblin Leisure headquarters.


Some research reveals the cupboard seen within the video isn’t unique. As an alternative, based mostly on the form and art work, it seems to be the 1up Star Wars Arcade cupboard that went on sale in 2019. It’s not a full-sized cupboard, at solely 4 ft tall, however it does embody a riser that makes it taller and simpler to play. (You may see the riser beneath the cupboard within the video.) This 1up cupboard collects all three Atari Star Wars arcade video games right into a playable assortment, letting you simply swap between the three through a menu. At this time, these video games—particularly the unique Star Wars arcade launch—are thought-about all-time classics. Enjoyable reality: Atari’s Empire Strikes Again arcade recreation got here out after its Return of The Jedi recreation and years after Empire had premiered.

Steven Spielberg’s historical past with video video games

Curiously, as a result of this got here out in 2019, it signifies that this isn’t some previous cupboard he purchased when he was youthful, however doubtless one thing he purchased (or requested somebody to purchase) not too long ago. Which may appear stunning, however Spielberg has lengthy had a connection to video video games, even earlier than directing 2018’s okay-but-not-great Prepared Participant One adaptation.


For instance, in 1982, he talked about how a lot he cherished taking part in video games like Donkey Kong and Tempest, explaining that these video games “therapeutic massage” his ego and gave him a thrill immediately, not like making motion pictures. And in 2005, Spielberg was working with EA on a recreation with the working title of LMNO about an alien girl that you simply save and assist disguise throughout a highway journey throughout america. Spielberg requested the sport don’t have any gunplay and as an alternative give attention to puzzles. That recreation would ultimately get canned in 2010. Nonetheless, in 2008, Spielberg and EA launched Increase Blox, a physics-based celebration recreation for all ages that the director created as a result of he wished extra video games he may play along with his youngsters.

It’s fun to see that, even at 76 years old, Spielberg is still playing video games and likes to have them around. Or maybe he keeps that arcade machine in his office to remind himself of all the cash he’s made off a foolish wager between him and George Lucas.



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