Tomohiro Nishikado Develops "Space Invaders," the first Fixed Shooter Video Game

In 1978 Japanese video game developer and engineer Tomohiro Nishikado introduced Space Invaders, the first fixed shooter game. This was the best-selling video game and the highest-grossing entertaining product of the time. When I wrote this entry in January 2022 the Wikipedia article also claimined that this was "the highest-grossing video game of all time." Space Invaders was credited for transforming the video game industry from a novelty into a global industry, and was also credited for issuing in the "golden age of arcade video games."  "The 1980 Atari VCS version quadrupled sales of the VCS, thereby becoming the first killer app for video game consoles. More broadly, the pixelated enemy alien has become a pop culture icon, often representing video games as a whole" (Wikipedia article on Space Invaders, accessed 1-2022).

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