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: スペースインベーダー Hepburn
: Supēsu Inbēdā?
)is an arcade
video game created by Tomohiro Nishikado
and released in 1978. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito
in Japan, and was later licensed for production in the United States by the Midway
division of Bally
is one of the earliest shooting games
and the aim is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon to earn as many points as possible. In designing the game, Nishikado drew inspiration from popular media: Breakout
,The War of the Worlds
, and Star Wars
. To complete it, he had to design custom hardware and development tools.
It was one of the forerunners of modern video gaming and helped expand thevideo game industry
from a novelty to a global industry (see golden age of video arcade games
). When first released, Space Invaders
was very successful.
The game has been the inspiration for other video games, re-released on numerous platforms, and led to several sequels.