Space Invaders. I love you, Space Invaders. Whether you are in the arcade, on the Atari, mobile or whatever, you were my favorite game as a kid. Okay, enough of the misty memories. But it’s the truth. I got an Atari 2600 when I was 7 or 8 years old and my life changed. There was suddenly life before video games, and life after, kind of the way James Cameron looks at the universe as divided by the advent of Avatar.
Invaders is way better than Avatar, however. Don’t believe me? Just look at this screenshot:
That’s what I’m talking about.
But in all seriousness–or as much seriousness as one can use when talking about video games–for me it’s all about nostalgia. My memories of that old Atari are all good. I had as much fun with that dinky wood-paneled machine as just about anything else in my life. I think it’s because as a child I was capable of enjoying things at a heightened level. There was literally no thought for anything else–no worries about tomorrow, no creeping realization that tomorrow the weekend would be over and my job was calling…
There was only the task at hand. In this case, wiping out aliens. So imagine my delight when, 25 years later, I discovered this wonderful thing called The Internet. As it turns out, you can play Space Invaders while you’re at work (while on break, of course).
Here are a few options:
- Play at Atari 2600 Online – My personal favorite, because it has all of the other Atari 2600 games as well (like Pitfall!). Nothing required but a space bar and the arrow keys.
- Space Invaders Shrine – overdoing it a bit here. I’m not sure it deserves a shrine.
- and here at freespaceinvaders.org
I’m no Luddite, but I do have concerns about how pervasive technology is in our lives, at home, at work, and of course, at play. But as far as keeping the retro video games alive, I’m all for it.
Also, there’s nothing better than the Atari Pitfall game, and that’s on the 2600 online site as well.