Inducted Year: 2020
Co-designed by Ed Logg and Dona Bailey in 1981, Atari’s Centipede is a fixed shooter arcade game that ultimately became one of the most commercially successful titles of the video arcade’s golden age.
In Centipede, players use a trackball to control a cannon at the bottom of a screen and attempt to shoot a centipede zig-zagging through a field of mushrooms. Spiders, scorpions, and fleas serve as additional threats and targets. Once an entire centipede is destroyed, the screen changes color and a new centipede spawns again at the top, alternately moving quickly or slowly, depending on the game level.