In the spirit of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” our video tonight is a football game, in honor of the Super Bowl, also known as “that thing they show between commercials and the Lady Gaga concert.”
So we’re bringing you football, only it’s not real football. It’s better. Apparently there is an entire league of electric football players who recreate games and post them to YouTube. The answer is “Yes,” if the question you have is, “So, this is a thing?”
Electric football, for the uninitiated, is a game played with little plastic figures balanced on bases with little finger-like brushes for feet. They are placed on a large, thin metal plate that’s painted to look like a football field, then a switch is flipped that makes the field vibrate, sending the little players skittering off in unpredictable directions. If you play correctly, one of the players will be carrying a booger-sized football.
I had this game as a kid, and I have fond memories of giving up on the players ever doing what they were supposed to, so I’d just turn it on to watch them jump around and chill out to the loud vibrating motor, which was nearly as relaxing to me as the sound of a vacuum cleaner (one of the most soothing sounds in the world for your PopCulteer). I sort of wish I still had it so I could crank it up to zone out to now. My problem with the video posted above is that they play it the game properly, instead of loading it up with Green Army men and toy dinosaurs, then lettting them go at it like I did.
Still, this is as interesting as any game where I don’t really care for either team.