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Shack's Arcade Corner: Centipede

Greg Burke is back to tell us about another classic arcade game.


This week on Shack's Arcade Corner, we take a look back at Centipede, the classic vertically-oriented fixed shooter arcade game produced by Atari, Inc. in 1980. The game was designed by Ed Logg and Dona Bailey, one of the first female game developers. Players had to defeat a bunch of insects on screen while avoiding enemy projectiles. The controls allowed the player to move up, down, left and right with a trackball. Centipede came in upright and cocktail arcade cabinets and have held up their value incredibly well. The game has even made cameos in major motion pictures like James Bond's Never Say Never Again. It was also featured in the box office bomb Pixels with Adam Sandler. The game was based on shooting your way to a high score and still holds a special place in our hearts. Please check out this episode for more great information about Centipede.

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Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    July 5, 2017 5:35 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Shack's Arcade Corner: Centipede

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      July 5, 2017 6:12 PM

      I really enjoy these. If you're in need of suggestions... look into Arch Rivals, Street Fighter 1, War Gods, NBA Jam, Street Fighter EX, NBA Hangtime, Alien Syndrome, Lethal Enforcers, Fighter's History, Rolling Thunder, Klax, Aliens, Bust-A-Move, Snow Bros., and World Heroes 2.

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        July 5, 2017 10:00 PM

        Hahahaha, these all seem like the arcade games you'd see at Pizza Hut, though you're missing Forgotten Worlds and Sunset Riders.

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      July 5, 2017 6:16 PM

      Centipede is a great game. I love Millipede even more. :D

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      July 5, 2017 8:49 PM


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      July 5, 2017 10:23 PM

      Awesome! Keep 'em coming!
      Might I suggest: Gladiator, which had an individual armor piece mechanic and methodical High/Mid/Low strikes and blocks like a Fighting Game, and Mr. Do (kind of Dig Dug-esque) was one of the only non-pinball games that would allow you to win a CREDIT as well as extra men (Mr. Do's Wild Ride also allowed for this).

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      July 5, 2017 11:59 PM

      Nice, also so cool you mentioned Never Say Never again and had Broseph Largo in the video hahah, that Bond movie owns it had a freaking pimp high roller Arcade in it.

      Good times :)

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