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Vintage Games by Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice

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SPACE INVADERS (1978): THE JAPANESE DESCEND

Toshihiro Nishikado's 1978 masterpiece Space Invaders is on the shortlist of the world's most important videogames—another master stroke that truly brought the masses to the medium. A success in both the United States and Japan, Space Invaders would become one of the most widely imitated games of all time: endlessly cloned, copied, and modified right up to the present day.

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Screenshot from the original Space Invaders arcade game, with simulated color overlay.

Even if you've never actually played Space Invaders or even seen a working machine, chances are you've played one of its thousands of derivatives, ...

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