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1* {{Ascended Glitch}}: The speed increase of the aliens as the game went on was an unintended side effect of the weak processors at the time -- they couldn't handle all the aliens moving back and forth at once, but as the player started killing more and more of them, the processor had less aliens to worry about and could move them faster. The developers liked it enough to keep it in. This inspired the whole idea of games getting harder as the player progressed.²* ExecutiveMeddling: The original design was a ''VideoGame/{{Breakout}}'' clone with the twist that the "bricks" fire back; they were originally people, but the executives vetoed it. They were then changed to airplanes, but they didn't make sense with the way they moved. After seeing ''StarWars'', the developer was inspired to change the enemies to aliens, which were [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman acceptable to shoot and kill.]] It also justifies their lateral movement patterns, which didn't work with the previous designs.²* According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, designs of the aliens were based on the octopus-like ones from ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' as well as in squids and crabs.²* KillerApp: The Atari 2600 version²* MilestoneCelebration:²** 1998's ''Space Invaders X''. In the opening cutscene, the operator of the "new" Tank steers his vessel past the "Tank Graveyard" and smiles grimly at a 1978-era Tank.²** In 2008, around the 30th anniversary of the original game's release, Creator/SquareEnix and Taito released ''Space Invaders Extreme'' for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS and [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]], and ''VideoGame/SpaceInvadersGetEven'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}.²** For 2018, Taito ported the original ''Videogame/SpaceInvaders Extreme'' to Windows via Steam, using the PSP version's interface and most of the DS version's soundtrack with a few new tracks. A port of ''VideoGame/GrooveCoaster'', itself a GaidenGame to the series, is on the way to the same platform.²* PortOverdosed: There is a version of ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' for almost every platform ever made, including graphing calculators and wristwatches.


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