National Game Registry 1978: Space Invaders

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Tomohiro Nishikado

Space Invaders was the video game king of the 1970s with entire arcades dedicated to it.  Alien masses slowly descend toward the bottom of the screen while the player exterminates them one by one with a laser shot.  The simple sound effects include gunfire and an ominous, descending, four note melody.  The original arcade version projected the sprites onto a hand-drawn moon scene.

Space Invaders was inducted on April 12th, 2009.

Return to the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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