Video games couldn't totally kill it off, nor could Nintendo.
Foosball -- a game in which little plastic men lined up on manually operated rods are made to play soccer -- is staging a comeback, according to aficionados.
Some 200 of them will compete this weekend at a foosball championship at the Baltimore Original Sports Bar at 34 Market Place.
"It used to be real popular, and there were a lot of places you could play, but then video games came along," said Brian Dahlheimer, a 29-year-old engineer who lives in Annapolis and will be competing this weekend. "But now it's definitely coming back. It's just a lot of fun. If I could make a living at it, I would."
The competition, which will begin at noon Saturday and Sunday, will award about $2,000 in prizes, said the promoter, Don Mayberry, president of Tornado of Maryland, a foosball table distributor and tournament organizer.
Though billed as a Maryland tournament, players from other states will also compete. The competition is open to all and will HTC be divided into four expertise levels. Registration will take place throughout the tournament, with fees ranging from $5 to $30, depending on skill level.