Space Invaders arcade cabinet

An early video game arcade hit

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One of the forerunners of modern video gaming, Space Invaders helped expand the video game business from novelty to global industry.

Within a year of its release, more than 60,000 machines were sold in the United States. By 1982, players spent more than $2 billion in quarters, making it the best-selling video game and highest-grossing entertainment product of its time. Legend has it that the game was so popular among Japanese players that it caused a national coin shortage.

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