EPISODE 46: SPACE INVADERS
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You know how sometimes people say “this isn’t your father’s…whatever” to imply that the version of that thing YOU have is way cooler than what YOUR DAD had?
Well, this week on the show, we talk about your father’s whatever.
That sounds weird. I’ll explain.
The focus this week is Atari’s 1980 port of the 1978 arcade classic SPACE INVADERS. When pong clones (soon to be a BBC series starring Tatiana Maslany) killed the video game market in 1977, an invasion of aliens marched in lock-step to bring the market back. SPACE INVADERS became so closely identified with gaming, that the little aliens are still iconic of that era.
But what about the game itself? Any good? Why are they invading? What do they want? Why are you the only one that can defend the Earth? So. Many. Questions.
Join us, won’t you?
Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons access to his songs “Reformat”, “Pinball Spring” and “Take a Chance”.