We’re happy to announce that Escape Pod has partnered with New Wave Toys to bring you the most accurate replication of a fully playable miniature arcade cabinet, officially licensed by Atari.
Get yours by heading to their Kickstarter Page now:
We are very honored to be working with Atari to bring this classic game back to homes everywhere.
The game is 1/6 scale and is the actual shape of the full size Centipede arcade cab.
As a young programmer Bailey was hired by General Motors and trained in assembly language programming. She worked there for two years on displays, and microprocessor-based cruise control systems. She became interested in Space Invaders and the world of arcade games, another application of the work she was doing at GM. She found out that Atari was using the same microprocessor in its games.
In 1980, Bailey joined Atari's coin-op division, where she was the only woman. In an interview Bailey recalled that Atari had a notebook of possible game ideas at the time. Of the 30 or so entries the only one without "lasering or frying things" was a short description of a bug winding down the screen. "[I]t didn't seem bad to shoot a bug".
Centipede does have some of the best art Atari ever made with the exception being Tempest.