• Mike Russo
    SHOW #34 & #38 Dragon's Lair only & #99 Dragon's Lair only
    taped: 7/20/1983 & 7/28/1983 & 12/9/1983
Mike Russo was indeed a special STARCADE! player. He was one of only two contestants who appeared on 3 Starcade! shows ... #34, #38 - a Dragon's Lair Special show, and #99 - another Dragon's Lair Special where he played a very special role, playing Dragon's Lair to the end and rescuing the Princess. The other contestant who appeared on 3 Starcade! shows was Marcelo Hassmer who played Cliff Hanger to the end. Click here to see Marcelo's page.

Mike first show #34 was taped when he was 13 years old. In his brief bio, Mike said, "my favorite rock group is Prince" ... his hobbies were "playing basketball, baseball, football and I love playing video games ... My best subject is Math."

When we taped our second Dragon's Lair special (Show #99), we invited Mike to come back and play the game from the beginning to the end for the show. Seemed the right choice given his performance on Show #38 which was a Dragon's Lair Special which he won.

Mike said he wanted to be on Starcade, "To win a video game." And win he did...just about everything we offered, he took home. He was a great player. He had an easy way about him -- the camera loved him ... he looked like he was enjoying himself -- and he was. You could tell.

After the taping of his first show, Mike sent flowers to the entire crew with the following note:
To the crew...
Thanks for letting me be on the show and WIN, WIN, WIN.
Mike Russo
You're very welcome.
MIKE'S OPPONENT: Jared Cruce has checked in. Click here to see his page.
MIKE'S GAMES
MIKE'S SCORES

50 secounds
STAR TREK

15,425 Mike

8,475 Jared Cruce

50 secounds
STARGATE

6,950 Mike

6,550 Jared Cruce

40 secounds
GALAXIAN

2,160 Mike

2,430 Jared Cruce

TOTALS
all games played

24,535 Mike Russo-OVERALL WINNER!

17,455 Jared Cruce

MIKE'S GRAND PRIZE PLAY

30 secounds
STERN JOURNEY

SCORE TO BEAT: 763

SCORED: 763+
WINNER? YES

PLAYING FOR: MUNCH MOBILE VIDEO ARCADE GAME

MIKE'S INVITATIONAL SHOW #38 - DRAGON'S LAIR ONLY
Because Mike was the overall winner of his show, we invited him back to compete against 3 other winners. We called these shows Invitationals. Invitationals were formatted differently:
4 contestants - Jonah Colman vs Marcelo Hassmer and Mike McEuen vs Mike Russo
2 Rounds - 2 contestants in each round
Final Round - winner of each round competing against each other to choose an Overall Winner
MIKE'S GAMES INVITATIONAL SHOW #38
MIKE'S SCORES INVITATIONAL SHOW #38

30 secounds
DRAGON'S LAIR

4,278 Mike

2,158 Mike McEuen

30 secounds
DRAGON'S LAIR

3,324 Mike

4,278 Mike McEuen

30 secounds
DRAGON'S LAIR

13,102 Mike Russo

5,405 Jonah Colman

PLAYING FOR:
TRIP TO HAWAII AND ROLL OF QUARTERS

MIKE'S PRIZES