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Ten fun facts about Missile Command


1. Missile Command, the classic Atari game, is now available on Sega

Missile Command, the classic Atari game, was so popular that it was also licensed for European release to Sega. This allowed European gamers to experience the same intense action and strategic gameplay that had made the game a hit in the United States. Players had to defend their cities from an onslaught of missiles, using their own missiles to intercept and destroy the enemy's weapons. The game was a huge success, and its popularity continues to this day.

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2. "Missile Command" Creator's Nightmare: City Destruction

The programmer of the classic arcade game "Missile Command" was so deeply immersed in his work that he began to have nightmares of the cities represented in the game being destroyed in real life. He was so disturbed by these visions that he was unable to sleep, and was forced to take a break from programming the game in order to recover. Despite this, the programmer was able to complete the game, and it has since become a beloved classic.

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3. " A Cold War Legacy"

Missile Command, a classic arcade game released in 1980, has been said to be a reflection of the Cold War's influence on popular culture. The game's objective is to defend a city from an onslaught of missiles, which is a metaphor for the fear of nuclear war that was pervasive during the Cold War. The game's soundtrack also reflects the tension of the era, with its eerie, militaristic music. Missile Command has become a classic, and its legacy is a testament to the Cold War's impact on popular culture.

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4. Atari's "Liberator": The Missile Command Sequel

Although Missile Command 2 was tested but never released, Atari's "Liberator" is widely considered to be the unofficial sequel to the classic game. The game was tested in the early 1980s, but never made it to the market. Despite this, it has become a cult classic among fans of the original Missile Command, and is still played by many today.

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5. Victor Sandberg Sets Record for Missile Command Play

In 1981, a Florida resident set a record for Missile Command by playing the game for an impressive 30 hours and scoring over 41,000 points. Fast forward to 2013, and Victor Sandberg of Sweden shattered that record by playing for an astonishing 100 hours and scoring an incredible 100 million points. This remarkable feat is a testament to the dedication and skill of Sandberg, and a reminder of the timelessness of classic arcade games.

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6. " 6 CA Cities Reimagined"

The classic arcade game "Missile Command" features six cities that are meant to represent the major cities of California's Central Coast region: Eureka, San Fransisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego. These cities are faithfully recreated in the game, providing a realistic representation of the region and allowing players to experience the area in a unique way.

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7. Missile Command HD Released for Xbox 360

In 2007, Missile Command was released for Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox 360, with updated graphics in high definition. This allowed players to experience the classic game with a modern twist, as the visuals were enhanced to provide a more immersive experience. The game was also made available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace, allowing players to access the game from anywhere.

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8. 20th Century Fox Acquires "Missile Command" Rights

In 2011, 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to bring the classic 1980s arcade game, Missile Command, to the big screen. Despite the acquisition, no film has been released yet, leaving fans of the game eagerly awaiting the adaptation of the beloved classic.

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9. Missile Command Remake Flops

In 1999, Hasbro Interactive released remakes of several classic Atari games, including the beloved Missile Command. Unfortunately, the remakes failed to capture the same level of success as the originals, and were met with little to no commercial success. Despite this, the original Missile Command remains a classic and continues to be enjoyed by gamers today.

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10. Missile Command 3D: The Virtual Reality Arcade Game

The classic arcade game "Missile Command" was given a modern twist in the form of a 3D version, aptly named "Missile Command 3D". This version of the game was designed to be played with a virtual reality helmet, making it a truly immersive experience. Unfortunately, only two of these helmets are known to exist, making it a rare and sought-after item for collectors of classic arcade games.

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