Space Invaders. History, fun facts
Digging into the history of games, I continue finding fascinating facts about impactful people and events. To spread the word about games, I compiled them into not a long read for you.
Space Invaders was released as an arcade machine game in 1978. It was the first game that conquered both Japan and US markets twice:
- firstly, via arcade machines
- secondly, via revolutionary cartridges in Atari consoles
In Japan, the game turned into such a widespread phenomenon that it emerged the invader houses. Invader house — amusement center where cocktail-table Space Invaders machines were used for play.
The first computer game championship
Dota 2, CS:GO, Fortnite, League of Legends, FIFA, Heartstone and other games wouldn’t form the eSports we know now if not for Space Invaders.
Atari organized The National Space Invaders Championship in 1980.
Bill Heineman is not a mere the first eSports tournament winner. He became a legendary game designer who took part in creating various well-known titles, namely, Wasteland, The Bard’s Tale, Myth 3, Dragon Wars, Command & Conquer, Medal of Honor, etc.
In 2003, Bill got a diagnosis of gender dysphoria and transitioned to a woman changing name to Rebecca Ann.
Rebecca Ann Heineman is an American video game designer and programmer. A long-time veteran of the video game industry…
Tomohiro Nishikado — The Creator
Tomohiro is a designer who remained unknown despite the terrific success of Space Invaders. He devised and created the game on his own but was not good at playing it. The funniest thing for me is that Tomohiro never managed to complete the first screen of Space Invader :-)
Nevertheless, his game sparked further growth of video games inspiring many of the next-gen game designers and entrepreneurs.
Since then, game makers can’t stop but port Space Invaders to gaming consoles. So if you are particularly nostalgic about it, I recommend play a set of Space Invaders varying from the original game to extreme editions.