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Video: Let's Replay Robotron: 2084

Donlan and Gibson go down the arcade.

If you think the 80s was all legwarmers and Ghostbusters, you weren't there. In fact, it was a time of darkness. Global nuclear holocaust was a perpetual and very real threat. As children shivered in the shadow of the Cold War, Thatcher stole their one source of warmth - free school milk. Meanwhile, it was considered acceptable behaviour to swear at Five Star.

To top it all off, the games in the arcades were harder than maths O Level exams. (If you're too young to have heard of O Levels, they were like GCSEs, except to get one you had to be able to read.)

Eugene Jarvis' Robotron: 2084 was one of the toughest, as Chris Donlan explains in this week's Let's Replay video. He and Ellie Gibson discuss why it's still one of the best shooters ever made, with reference to James Franco, National Trust gardens and Sue Lawley.

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Ellie spent nearly a decade working at Eurogamer, specialising in hard-hitting executive interviews and nob jokes. These days she does a comedy show and podcast. She pops back now and again to write the odd article and steal our biscuits.

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