Arcade on Fire

The Asteroids video game was a sensation in the early 1980s. Produced by Atari, Asteroids supplanted Pong and Space Invaders as the arcade game du jour across America. The addictive game had mass appeal – teenagers to middle-aged, suit-clad stockbrokers were just as likely to be seen playing Asteroids at the local arcade. David Owen penned a really fun story about the rise of Asteroids for Esquire, republished by The Daily Beast.

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