They say that in space no-one can hear you scream. Which is probably a good thing as that's likely what fans of 80's arcade classic Space Invaders are doing in response to the news that the coin-op shooter is being…
Asteroids is coming to a big screen near you. That’s no lie. The classic Atari title, originally released 30 years ago, is being made into a movie.
I’m expecting it to be quite intense viewing – plenty of complicated dialogue, elaborate plot twists and some Oscar-worthy performances from its cast.
Or maybe it will stay faithful to the original game and will simply be two-hours of a triangle-based spaceship blowing up some square-ish looking asteroids with little or no plot at all. Maybe they could even shoot it in black and white for added authenticity.
Universal has apparently signed up Matthew Lopez to write the script for the film which will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
It sounds like a winner. No honestly. Although it will have a hard job dislodging Super Mario Bros as the best ever movie adaptation of a game. Bob Hoskins as Mario – genius.
Get yourself in the mood for the movie with a quick blast on the original game:
We’re lucky here at Shiny Media, we get to wear whatever we damn well please to work. Of course, the team from Brandish sit next to us, so we’re almost certainly getting judged, but it sure beats wearing a suit to work.
If you’re unfortunate enough to have to, though, then although you’ll have to shelve your Pac-Man and Left 4 Dead t-shirts, you can replace them with these gaming ties. Featuring Tetris, Pong, Space Invaders and Asteroids, they’re unashamedly 8-bit. They’re available on Amazon USA and cost $25 a pop.
What were you doing 26 years ago, on November 13th 1982? I was waiting to be born, personally, but a fifteen-year-old named Scott Safran was slotting a quarter into an ‘Asteroids’ machine. Three days later, Scott staggered away from the machine, having set a high score of 41,336,440.
That was 26 years ago, and the record’s still intact. It’s officially the longest held high score in history. Only one person’s made a serious attempt to break it – Bill Carlton, who hammered away at an elderly machine in 2004, and made it to 15 million points before it broke down. He stands 15th in the global league table.
Where’s Scott today? Sadly, he died in 1989 aged just 22, after he fell off the roof of his LA apartment trying to rescue his cat. His high score lives on.
Considering most homes have more than three people living in them, I can foresee a huge amount of arguments breaking out over this three-sided Dreamcade 2.0 Cocktail arcade game.
Relive your ‘yoof with 145 old-skool games built-in, from Asteroids to Pac-Man, and even add your own games and music with the jukbox software. The monitor measures 21-inches and will set punters back…