Space Invaders

Space Invaders (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Space Invaders
Arcade
1978
Developed by: Taito
Published by: Midway (North America)

It’s hard to evaluate a game that was published in 1978 by today’s standards (and it will probably be even more so for people in the future). When Space Invaders came out, it was seen as a revolutionary game that dominated the video game industry. It was so popular yet so simple a game that when the sequel came out a year later, the only thing Taito/Midway did was include colour; and that was more a trick than actual software/hardware engineering as they simply put colour filters over certain parts of the screen. Still, playing Space Invaders today is still quite a bit of fun. Graphically and technically it has been surpassed by modern games but, due to a strong foundation, it is still provides for a good time.

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Weekly Video Game Newsletter–Issue 6

Weekly Video Game Newsletter - Issue 6

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The latest edition of the Weekly Video Game Newsletter is finally up.

In this Issue:

  • Video Game Sales Recap for December 17th, 2011
  • Year in Review: Q1 Recap
  • Review of Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony for 2011
  • Adventure Island (NES) Review
  • Centipede (Arcade) Review
  • Decimation X (Xbox Live Indie Game) Review
  • Donkey Kong Country (SNES) Review
  • Space Invaders (Arcade) Review

From now on, game reviews will appear in the newsletters first and then eventually be published on the website. Reviews will start appearing on the site again starting on New Year’s Day.

The next issue will be published on Saturday, December 31st, 2011. In that issue, this site’s games of the year list will be published. That list will appear on the site on Sunday, January 1st, 2012 (as per tradition).

PLEASE NOTE: There was an error with the review score for Donkey Kong Country. As much as I love the game, I cannot give the game the full five-star treatment for some of the issues associated with the game (the biggest one being that trying to complete the game 102% is next to impossible unless you get help from an outside source or have hours to kill to test every pit and make blind leap-of-faith jumps). The score should have been four stars. I’m sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused. Don’t worry though, there is a five-star video game review coming up soon. Because of linking issues, I will not be making a change in the newsletter during the short term but when I eventually make a page on the site just for the newsletters, I’ll change the review score in the newsletter when I archive the newsletter there.

Weekly Video Game Post – March 10-13, 2010

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  • Jamie Gore and Chris Karpyszyn
  • Thanks to Chris’s mic doing its best Barry White impression and other assorted wackiness, the podcast is a bit late.
  • Lots of news though. Although none of it seems worthwhile. The moral of the story was GDC was a waste of everyone’s time.
  • Let me put it this way…I was holding back when I said how upset I was about the PSN crap that has been coming out for the PSP. I’m still anticipating angry e-mails from ticked off Sony fanboys.
  • All our sales data comes from www.vgchartz.com
  • Continue reading for all the release dates and expanded sales figure

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Results From the First Round of Voting for the Madness Brewing Video Game Hall of Fame (1983 and Everything Prior)

The first round of voting is over for the Madness Brewing Video Game Hall of Fame. Ten games were inducted among the introductory batch of titles. There were a few surprises; both on the side of those that received enough votes to be inducted as well as others that didn’t receive enough votes to remain on future ballots. There was also some controversy over some of the titles that did not get inducted.

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Defender (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Defender
Hall of Fame Inductee
Original Release: 1980 (Arcade)
Developer: Williams Electronics
Publisher: Williams Electronics

Defender has slowly become one of the forgotten titles of the arcade era. It’s not as memorable as games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Donkey Kong. Yet in 1981, even while the world was suffering from Pac-Man fever, Defender made more money than the ghost-hunting pie guy. Defender is one of those games that despite its difficulty and its complex gameplay (for the time), it still pulled in the quarters.

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Galaga (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Hall of Fame Inductee
Galaga 
Original Release: 1981 (Arcade)
Developer: Namco
Publisher: Midway/Namco

1981 wasn’t exactly a year where video game companies were coming up with innovating games to unleash upon the masses. Most games were essentially copycats of previously released games with better graphics and sound to harness the newer and better technology available. Some games bucked the trend, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong but most "new" games in the arcade were just upgrades of previous available cabinet games. Galaga falls into the latter category but that does not discount its significance to the video game history. While it borrows a heavy amount with the formula created from Space Invaders, it helped maintain that genre of games well throughout the 80s.

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Centipede (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Hall of Fame Inductee
Centipede
Original Release: 1980
Designers: Ed Logg and Dona Bailey
Developer: Atari
Publisher: Atari

Centipede could have easily been dismissed as a Space Invaders clone. It’s not like the world didn’t have enough Space Invaders knockoffs by 1980. However, Atari did enough to reinvent the game that not many people think of Space Invaders when they’re playing Centipede. The game has grown into its own and is one of the most famous arcade games of all time.

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Space Invaders (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Hall of Fame Inductee
Space Invaders
Original Release: 1978 (Arcade)
Developer: Taito
Publisher: Midway

In 2009 going into 2010, many younger gamers only know Space Invaders through the excellent portable remake call Space Invaders Extreme or through stories they’ve heard from those who remember when video games only consisted of a single frame. If Pong got people interested in video games, Space Invaders got them hooked. Taito and Midway had no idea what they were releasing upon the world in 1978. They released something almost as addictive as cigarettes and many people saw their pocket change disappear in the blink of an eye.

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Vulgus (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Vulgus
Arcade
1984
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom, SNK

Capcom isn’t notorious for having great shoot-em-ups but their first video game ever was a vertical shooter. Vulgus, co-published with SNK, was a solid arcade game that took in quite a bit of quarters back in the day. While there are more sophisticated shooters now, it still is an enjoyable diversion that provides a formidable challenge.

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