All triOS College Business Technology Healthcare are industry experts that have first-hand experience in the subjects they are teaching. Instructor articles give readers a better understanding of the programs offered at triOS. Here is an article written by the Dean of Technology Jason Eckert.
On June 5th 1978, Taito unleashed Space Invaders to the world. It promptly chewed up 8 billion quarters within three years and popularized the video game industry worldwide! Before Space Invaders, video games = Pong. After Space Invaders, people realized that video games could do much more.
What makes Space Invaders so important is that it inspired so many other people to make video games.
After Space Invaders came out, companies like Nintendo, SEGA, Konami, Romstar, Namco, Midway, Atari, and dozens of others started making and releasing video games. And they weren’t just video games…they were great video games like Pac-man and Galaga that took the industry to a whole new level (pun intended).
Plus, these video games drove technology to all new heights. A typical home computer of the time had very poor graphics and a single CPU. A typical PCB in an arcade game had several dedicated graphics chips (usually a whole board full of them) and multiple CPUs! The U.S. Military even contracted Atari to build a version of their Battlezone arcade game for tank simulation, citing that video arcade games had more technology than a missile defense system!
That all started with Space Invaders. Not only did Space Invaders popularize video games worldwide, it jumpstarted the industry in 1978 and ushered in “The Golden Age” of video games! So cheers to Space Invaders – the father of modern video games.