Invade and conquer: Space Invaders thirty years on

When Space Invaders arrived in Japanese arcades in 1978, it was a sensation. Entire arcades were given over to the game; at one point, the Japanese Government was forced to mint extra 100-yen coins because, it is said, the game's cash-boxes were removing so many from circulation. It was the video game that inspired an entire industry.

Thirty years on, the Times recalls the birth of Space Invaders.

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