If there is one game that would revolutionize gaming to what it is today, it would be Space Invaders. To this day, it is still one of the most popular games from when gaming began. However, there are some facts that you may not know, so let’s give some facts.
Believe it or not, Space Invaders almost had a different name. The game’s creator, Tomohiro Nishikado, originally wanted to call it “Plane Invaders.” However, because he had some problems with design, Tomohiro was looking for inspiration for some changes. At the time, Star Wars was the biggest movie that was out, and the popularity of it was growing. As soon as he knew which way to go with the idea, he needed a design. That is where H.G. Wells came in. His book, The War of the Worlds, gave Tomohiro the image he wanted. That is when Space Invaders was born.
Although There were plenty of games to play before Space Invaders, they all lacked one thing…High Score. Games would be played just for the fun of it. However, once high score was introduced, gaming became a competition. This would give the gamer a goal, get the highest score. Even today, this is considered the number one reason to continuously play the same game over and over again.
Before Space Invaders, the Atari system was selling at a good rate. However, when Space Invaders starting to sell for the home system, sales for the Atari 2600 quadrupled more than their normal rate. It is considered to be the first of many “killer apps.’
And believe it or not, Space Invaders is being considered to be made into a movie. The only problem, that I assume many see with this, is that there isn’t much of a story line behind it. Although, with how creative writers are these days, I think it would could turn out to be a must see movie.