「SPACE INVADERS」is widely considered to be one of the most influential games in the history of video games. It is also considered the game that revolutionized the video game industry and brought it to a new level of worldwide mainstream appeal.
When SPACE INVADERS first landed in 1978 it caused a popular phenomenon in Japan that no other arcade game ever since has ever come close to replicate. Specialty game centers (they still weren't called like that of course) would open up with nothing but SPACE INVADERS cabinets. Many coffee shops and other general goods stores also removed their products and converted into SPACE INVADER game centers overnight. Some of which were open 24 hours a day!
SPACE INVADERS shocked the Japanese economy in the late '70s. The demand to play the game was so high that it caused a shortage and a subsequent production increase of ¥100 coins.
These types of places became known as「INVADERS HOUSES」and were basically the foundation of the game centers or video arcades we got to know better in the '80s.
The following is a pretty cool music video inspired on the Japanese INVADER HOUSES. The video features live footage from the late '70s so those of us who still weren't around at the time can get an idea of the craze generated by SPACE INVADERS.
The video also mixes footage from the early '80s anime「GAME CENTER ARASHI」where arcade games like SPACE INVADERS play a big role in the story.
Both the music and the video are very well put together so it's certainly worth watching by any retro game fan.
> The video was a nice dig! What's up with the toothy guy?
He's「ARASHI ISHINO」from the manga and anime TV series「GAME CENTER ARASHI」. The anime was the first TV show to feature a video gamer as the main character, and also the first with video games as the main theme.
Space Invaders fever in Japan. O_O I know how stupid it sounds, but I have never played Space Invaders. The closest I've got to playing Space Invaders was Galaga on an arcade machine and later on the Game Boy. Never Space Invaders though.