Space Invaders by Al Giovetti
By Al Giovetti
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Originally introduced by Taito Corporation in 1978, Space Invaders is one of the most popular arcade games ever made. In 1980, the game was licensed by Atari for the 2600 game system and was the first arcade game ever adapted for Atari's home system. The Space Invaders franchise has flourished for more than 20 years and according to Taito, the game has generated more than $500 million in revenues over multiple platforms including coin-op, the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Game BoyŌ.
ARMY OF ALIENS INVADES EARTH WITH ACTIVISION'S UPDATE OF CLASSIC ARCADE HIT SPACE INVADERS
Santa Monica, CA - October 5, 1999 - Attention gamers! Prepare to attack, counter attack and save the Earth from alien invasion when Activision (Nasdaq: ATVI) releases an all-new version of the legendary arcade classic Space Invaders for the PC and PlayStation (R) game console the week of October 4, 1999. Space Invaders combines 3D graphics, explosive new weapons, expansive new worlds and a new generation of alien invaders to create what promises to be one of this year's hottest games. Space Invaders will be available at more than 15,000 retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada and carries a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Xenophobia reigns supreme as Space Invaders pits gamers against wave after wave of 13 different outer space adversaries and 10 unrelenting alien "bosses" bent on conquering the universe. With over 100 spectacular 3D levels filled with weapons and power-ups, Space Invaders will challenge even the most seasoned inter-galactic warrior. Armed with infrared laser beams, swarm-missiles, and neutron blasts gamers can turn the enemy into alien dust faster than ever before - the all-new cooperative gameplay mode even allows two friends to join forces in a campaign to save the galaxy.
"Asteroids set a benchmark in updating classic games and we have expanded on this standard in Space Invaders", stated Mitch Lasky, executive vice president, Activision Studios. "Space Invaders will introduce new gaming elements - such as boss levels - while still providing gamers with the addictive missile launching game play of the original arcade franchise."
Developed by Z-Axis, Space Invaders offers game fans the best of both worlds - out of this world 70's sensibilities and 90's attitude. As an added bonus, avid fans of the classic Space Invaders can search out a version of the original game hidden amongst the new alien worlds.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $436 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999.
Activision maintains operations in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Australia, The Netherlands and Belgium. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.
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