Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Last Starfighter: the Atari arcade game that never was | Den of Geek

The Last Starfighter: the Atari arcade game that never was | Den of Geek: "In theory, it sounded like a recipe for sure-fire success: a space opera in the vein of Star Wars, but for the 80s videogame generation. The Last Starfighter told the story of an ordinary American teenager whose shooting game prowess saw him whisked away by aliens to fight an interstellar war on the other side of the galaxy.

With some of its effects sequences using the latest in cutting edge computer graphics, The Last Starfighter was positioned as the big summer movie of 1984. Except things didn’t quite work out that way; while The Last Starfighter made money, it wasn’t quite the George Lucas-level blockbuster its producers had expected. As a result, the arcade game promised in the film’s end credits failed to emerge - even though Atari had almost finished it by the time of The Last Starfighter’s release. So what happened?"

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