2018 in Video Game Anniversaries

With each passing year, the world of video games takes on a different role. What was once a limited genre in terms of quality and quantity is now something nobody living can avoid.

From the first video game to the most recent, gamers around the world are able to enjoy their favorites on any number of systems and through a variety of platforms whether it be from the comfort of your home or on the go.

While there is some truth to the saying “the newer the better,” we cannot really enjoy what we have now without looking back on some of the games that got us here. Growing up, video games were likely a part of your everyday life, whether that be by stopping over at the house of a friend or having a system of your own.

Here is a look at some of the top games celebrating their anniversaries in 2018.

Space Invaders

40th Anniversary

Release Date: June 1978

40 years ago, video games were in their infancy. Each new game released, such as Pong and Computer Space, pushed the industry in new directions. But it wasn’t until Space Invaders that mainstream audiences took notice of this emerging medium.

While shooters weren’t the newest genre for video games to explore, Space Invaders took a simplistic yet more intuitive approach to the genre. Taking place all on a single screen, players were tasked with shooting down slowly descending aliens with a lone laser cannon. As the player obliterated aliens, their descent would get faster until reaching the bottom of the screen.

Space Invaders’ importance to and influence on the video game industry cannot be understated. Along with the likes of Asteroids, Galaxian, and Pac-Man, Space Invaders launched video games into its first golden age, which pushed the limits of technical performance and creativity at the time. Plus, the iconic alien design has gone on to become a symbol for video games as a whole.