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Asteroids (video game)
A rare "Gold Asteroids" cabinet at Atari
|Designer(s)||Lyle Rains and Ed Logg|
|Release||ArcadeNA November 1979|
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 players, alternate turns|
|Cabinet||Upright and cocktail|
|CPU||MOS Technology 6502|
Asteroids is an arcade video game released by Atari in 1979. In this game, the player controls a spaceship in an asteroid field. Every once in while, a flying saucer comes on the field. The goal is to destroy the asteroids and flying saucers, while not being hit by them.
- Wolf, Mark J.P. (2008). The video game explosion: A history from Pong to Playstation and beyond. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. p. 68. . "In November of that year, Atari also released Asteroids, which became an arcade classic and one of the best-known vector games, exceeding 70,000 units produced (the production line for Lunar Lander was eventually switched over to producing Asteroids units).".