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The Vault: Why you should play ‘Asteroids’

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Remember Space Jam? Remember Star Fox? Remember those treasures locked away in a dusty vault of nostalgia? Well we’re here to pull them out again, because let’s face it some of us college students are poor and can’t afford the new game or movie ticket.

Mary Jones
Columnist
mej102@lhup.edu

Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org

Within the dark recesses of the vault, behind the retro video games you might remember, is the awesomeness of “Asteroids”.

 “Asteroids” is an arcade space shooter released by Atari, Inc. in 1979. The player controls a small triangle that represents a spaceship. This spaceship is set right in the middle of an asteroid field that flying saucers occasionally traverse.

The object of the game is to destroy as many asteroids as possible without colliding with them or the saucers, while also avoiding the saucers’ counter fire. You only get three lives and the longer the game, the more difficult it gets with the addition of more asteroids. But why should you play such a simple sounding game? Here’s why!

Simple Game Play

The game play is very simple. You just turn your ship in the direction you want, shoot, or move forward and backwards.

Also, with there being no story whatsoever, this is a great game to play when killing time before that next class, or when taking a break from studying. Besides, going off of recent popularity for games, it seems the more simple the game play, the more addictive the game.

Photo courtesy thephuketnews.com

Simple Graphics

The graphics are really simple as well. Everything is set on a black background, with the spaceship you control being the white outline of a triangle. The asteroids that the game is named for are also just made of white lines, and the blasts both you and the flying saucers shoot are white dots.

In a world where everything is HD, and graphics are sometimes the only thing that makes a game good, it’s a breath of fresh air and soothing to the eyes sometimes to stare at a black screen with white details.

It’s Asteroids!

Being one of the first mainstream games behind “PONG” (also developed and released by Atari, Inc.), “Asteroids” was one of the major hits of the golden age of arcade games. Getting the high score in this game was the goal of many arcade goers, and that goal to be the best at this game still lives today online. There are also many knock offs of this game, such as “Defender” and “Gravitar”, but Atari, Inc. made the original and the best. This is a game defiantly worth checking out.

If you’re looking to play this retro space shooter, you can find it here!

Photo courtesy of maniacworld.com

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3 comments on “The Vault: Why you should play ‘Asteroids’

  1. Its part of video game roots. What could be the first dual stick shooter.

  2. I find your article both inspiring and pleasantly nostlagic!

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