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Atari's Original Centipede Now Online

In 1980 we had real videogames! They were training grounds of a young generation ready to defend the world against the most dangerous foes. We protected cities from ICBM attacks. We destroyed rogue asteroids in midflight. We staved off invaders from space. Not only did we save you from ghosts, we ate them in the process. Finally, Junior plumbers with extraordinary leaping ability rid us of giant apes wielding barrels.

Nothing, was more dangerous however than the dreaded Centipede with his cohorts; spider, flea and scorpion.

Naturally, the graphics were amazing. They used all the colors; yellow, magenta and cyan!

These videogames were for hard-core gamers. "Power ups" weren't in our vocabulary. You couldn't add another quarter for game time, you had to earn it.

The best of the best not only needed great hand-eye coordination, but also extraordinary bladder control, because no one had invented the pause button.

I was transported back in time when I discovered that the A…