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Centipede is a 1980 fixed shooter arcade developed and published by Atari. It was co-created by Dona Bailey and Ed Logg and became one of the most commercially successful games from the golden age of arcade video games.

Dona was one of the first female programmers in the industry. According to Dona, “Centipede was the closest to alchemy that I’ll ever achieve.”

A mysterious origin story… Dona plucked the idea for Centipede from a notebook of game ideas that was produced from a regular Atari brainstorming session. She reviewed over 40 game ideas before deciding to start work on Centipede. No one to this day knows who originally dreamed up the idea or wrote it down in the notebook.

Mushrooms were created to debug collisions… The original gameplay for Centipede involved a blank screen. Dona intuited that players would be upset if visual collisions on screen didn’t score correctly. In order to test collisions, Dona placed bitmap stamps throughout the screen. Upon playing it, Dona realized the addition of the blocks made it look like a maze. Dona wondered if this block used to debug the game could become a feature, and mushrooms were born.

From the arcade to the living room... Based on the success of the original arcade version, Atari created, produced, and distributed this game cartridge in 1983 to support at-home gameplay on the recently released Atari 2600. This replica cartridge, in black, signifies the overwhelmingly success of Centipede as it moved from an Atari brainstorming session to arcades then to living rooms around the world.

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The Atari Capsule Collection is a curated collection of officially-licensed digital collectibles made possible by a partnership between Quidd and Atari.

Originally released in 1981, Centipede is a fixed shooter arcade game that became one of the most successful titles of its time, and one of the first to attract a significant female player base.

This collectible was inspired by the work of Dona Bailey, the co-creator of Centipede and one of the first female programmers employed by Atari.

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Centipede is a 1980 fixed shooter arcade developed and published by Atari. It was co-created by Dona Bailey and Ed Logg and became one of the most commercially successful games from the golden age of arcade video games.

Dona was one of the first female programmers in the industry. According to Dona, “Centipede was the closest to alchemy that I’ll ever achieve.”

A mysterious origin story… Dona plucked the idea for Centipede from a notebook of game ideas that was produced from a regular Atari brainstorming session. She reviewed over 40 game ideas before deciding to start work on Centipede. No one to this day knows who originally dreamed up the idea or wrote it down in the notebook.

Mushrooms were created to debug collisions… The original gameplay for Centipede involved a blank screen. Dona intuited that players would be upset if visual collisions on screen didn’t score correctly. In order to test collisions, Dona placed bitmap stamps throughout the screen. Upon playing it, Dona realized the addition of the blocks made it look like a maze. Dona wondered if this block used to debug the game could become a feature, and mushrooms were born.

From the arcade to the living room... Based on the success of the original arcade version, Atari created, produced, and distributed this game cartridge in 1983 to support at-home gameplay on the recently released Atari 2600. This replica cartridge, in black, signifies the overwhelmingly success of Centipede as it moved from an Atari brainstorming session to arcades then to living rooms around the world.

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vertical_splitAbout Atari Capsule Collectionexpand_more

The Atari Capsule Collection is a curated collection of officially-licensed digital collectibles made possible by a partnership between Quidd and Atari.

Originally released in 1981, Centipede is a fixed shooter arcade game that became one of the most successful titles of its time, and one of the first to attract a significant female player base.

This collectible was inspired by the work of Dona Bailey, the co-creator of Centipede and one of the first female programmers employed by Atari.

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