Let loose in Japanese arcades in 1978, Space Invaders remains one of
the most memorable and influential games in videogame history. Space Invaders was the
brainchild of Toshihiro Nishikado, who programmed and designed the game for Taito of
Japan. Nishikado supposedly based Space Invaders on a dream he had involving Japanese
schoolchildren waiting for Santa to appear in the sky on Christmas Eve. But instead of
Santa, row upon row of aliens slowly descended in from Venus, threatening the city. So the
clever kids cobbled together a laser blaster using a car battery, spark plugs, and a
hubcap. Moving left and right, they used it to blast the aliens out of the sky, saving the
Earth from certain doom. The original Space Invaders brought in over $500 million for
Taito, making it, even today, one of the most profitable and successful games of all time.
Lets hope that when S.E.T.I makes contact we will be shaking hands not weapons!
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