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''This page is about the computer game. For the planet-like space object, see asteroid.

Asteroids is a popular vector-based video arcade game released in 1979 by Atari. The object of the game is for the player to shoot and destroy asteroids without being hit by the fragments.

The game was conceived by Lyle Rains and programmed by Ed Logg. Asteroids was a hit in the United States and became one of Atari's best selling games of all time. It was so popular that video arcade owners usually had to install new larger coin boxes to hold all the tokens this machine raked in.

One of the innovative features of the game was the ability for players to record their initials with their high scores, an innovation which is standard feature for arcade games to this day.

Table of contents
1 Legacy
2 Record breaking gameplay
3 External links


The gameplay is Asteroids was innovative and many games that followed, while not cloning the game, incorporated some of it's ideas into their own gameplay. For example, one of the objects of Sinistar is to shoot asteroids in order to get them to release resources which the player needs to collect.

Due to its success, Asteroids was followed by three sequels:

However, the original game was by far the most popular of the series.

The Killer List of Videogames (KLOV) credits this game as one of the "Top 100 Videogames." Readers of the KLOV credit is the seventh most popular game.

Record breaking gameplay

In March 2004, Portland, Oregon resident Bill Carlton attempted to break the world record for playng an arcade version of Asteroids, playing over 27 hours before his machine malfuntioned, ending his record run. He scored 12.7 million points, putting him in 5th place in the all-time Asteroids rankings. In November 1982 Scott Safran set the still unbroken record of 41 million-points.

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