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Anson Williams & Jayne Kennedy
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KTLA (Special): April 21, 1983
Hunt-Jaffe Productions
Golden West Television

"Today, Scott Baio. Star of Diff'rent Strokes, Todd Bridges. Facts of Life's, Mindy Cohn. The Incredible, Lou Ferrigno. TV star, Jenilee Harrison. Dynasty's Heather Locklear. From Alice, Philip McKeon. From Archie Bunker's Place, Denise Miller. Star of Teacher's Only, Lynn Redgrave. Dance Fever's, Deney Terrio. Soap World's Michael Young and from General Hospital, Jacklyn Zeman. Compete for cash and prizes totaling $25,000. From Six Flags Magic Mountain, it's the BATTLE OF THE VIDEO GAMES! Ladies and gentlemen, here's our host Anson Williams!"

Battle of the Video Games was a Golden West/KTLA nationally syndicated special that had 12 celebrities (divided into four teams) playing video games for charity in a tournament-style format. This special was hosted by Anson Williams and Jayne Kennedy and produced by Hunt-Jaffe Productions. Gary Hunt and Barry Jaffe were the executive producers.


Yellow Team Gray Team Red Team Blue Team
Scott Baio
Heather Locklear
Denise Miller
Lou Ferrigno
Michael Young
Jenilee Harrison
Mindy Cohn
Todd Bridges
Deney Terrio
Phillip McKeon
Jacklyn "Jackie" Zeman
Lynn Redgrave


The match was played with four video arcade games. In each round, one celebrity from each team selected by a random draw, played the round's game. The goal is to score as many points from that game as they can. They can play for as many lives as they're allowed on that game. Once a player runs out of lives, s/he's out of the round. Once all four players were out or when the last remaining player achieves enough to win the round or already has enough, the player with the most video game points wins the round.

In the first three rounds, the teams scored points based on how they finished and here's how they scored:

  • 1st Place - 10 points
  • 2nd Place - 5 points
  • 3rd Place - 3 points
  • 4th Place - 1 point

The two highest scoring teams went on the play the fourth and final round for the championship.


Here are the games featured in this tournament:

  • Round 1 - Ms. Pac-Man
  • Round 2 - Burger Time
  • Round 3 - Frogger
  • Round 4 - Pac-Man


Here are the payoffs for the teams based how they finished in the tournament:

  • 1st Prize - $5,000
  • 2nd Prize - $2,500
  • 3rd Prize - $1,500
  • 4th Prize - $1,000

Grand Total: $10,000

In addition to winning money for their charities, winners of the first three rounds also won their own video arcade game.




The Oddball 80s Magic Of "Battle of the Video Games"


The Full Special


Clip of the Special
Battle of the Video Games: Video Game Commercial montage Activison era only