Posted tagged ‘Space Invaders’

Space Invaders Piggy Bank

January 20, 2009

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There’s a certain irony of a Space Invaders cocktail cabinet piggy bank. So much money put in to them back in the day, but now you get to save the coins this time around!

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New Space Invaders pillow to invade your sleep

August 23, 2008

If there’s any wonder as to why Taito isn’t happy about their trademarked characters being used in unauthorized exhibits, it’s probably because they are currently in full swing with an advertising campaign that uses these characters to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the game. And now that includes pillows!

The pillows are black with white characters to contrast, just like the original game. I honestly don’t remember how much I paid for my last pillow so I don’t know if $30 is a good deal or not in the world of pillows but for something ‘official’ like this it doesn’t seem too bad – if it’s comfortable. Otherwise it might make a nice couch pillow for a game room (if you have a couch there).

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Taito not happy about the use of Space Invaders at the Leipzig show, considering legal action

August 22, 2008

If you follow the consumer game media at all then you probably have heard of the Leipzig Game Show that has been going on in Germany. You also might have heard of the controversial Space Invaders-related exhibit which is being touted as art. Well Taito doesn’t care what it’s called, they are thinking of taking legal action:

TAITO is seriously considering all available options–including legal actions against the infringer and, if necessary, the Games Convention exhibitor involved–in order to end this unauthorized and impermissible misuse of the Space Invaders content and to protect TAITO’s intellectual properties.

Ouch! Of course it doesn’t help that the theme also has to do with the World Trade Center Towers, September 11th, and the whole war on terrorism. I imagine that Taito doesn’t want to be linked to this sort of thing which is probably what caught their attention. Hit the jump for Taito’s full press release.

UPDATE: A response from the artist:

——statement of the artist——————
After three days of a steady downward spiral in public discussion of the
piece, I have just given my agreement to the organizers of the Leipzig
Games Convention to simply turn off the installation Invaders! While I
realize the dangerous precedent of allowing the lowest common
denominator dictate what is and is not a valid form of expression,
unfortunately the current tone has totally obfuscated the original aims
of the piece. While I take full responsibility for the uncomfortable
ambiguity of certain aspects of this work, it was never created to
merely provoke controversy for controversy’s sake, and unfortunately,
this is what the piece has now become. The American response to this
work has been, frankly, immature, and lacking the sophistication and
consideration that other parts of the world have so far shown the work.
Contrary to previous reports, I am an American, and it saddens me that
we as a people remain so profoundly unable to process this event outside
of some obscure, but tacitly understood, criteria of purely anesthetized
artistic representation. Due to these profound misunderstandings, I
simply feel that from an artistic point of view, the work has lost the
ability to have any valuable impact, poetic or otherwise. I have not
been pressured by the Leipziger Messe, nor by the Computerspiele Museum
in this decision — to the contrary, they have offered their support in
defending the right of artists to speak freely, and in whatever context
they may choose.

August, 22nd 2008 Douglas Edric Stanley

And in case you’re curious, here’s what the exhibit looked like


 

 

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Taito teams up with LaForet Harajuku to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Space Invaders

August 3, 2008

[ITMedia]

I’m not a fashion expert so when I first read about this news I had to look up what LaForet Harajuku was. According to this page: “ Since its phenomenally successful debut in 1978, Laforet Harajuku shopping center and museum has established itself as the preeminent source of new fashion and culture in Tokyo’s most fashionable district.” They also help young designers get started. So with that out of the way, Taito has teamed up with LaForet to launch a line of Space Invaders inspired clothing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the aforementioned game. The line-up includes T-shirts, hats, hoodies, shoes and purses.

To check them out, hit the post break below, where you also get to see a Vewlix cabinet running Space Invaders! I wasn’t expecting to see one of these!

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First footage of Taito's new Space Invaders: Beat The Attackers

June 19, 2008

We first saw Taito’s new Space Invader’s based redemption game at the Park Avenue Open Day in the UK a short time ago and now it has been seen on location at the Funland in the Trocadero, London. Thanks to Patrick from Sega for sending us this short video of the game, it should be interesting to see how this takes off as we first saw Sea Wolf be remade into a redemption game and now this.

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First footage of Taito’s new Space Invaders: Beat The Attackers

June 19, 2008

We first saw Taito’s new Space Invader’s based redemption game at the Park Avenue Open Day in the UK a short time ago and now it has been seen on location at the Funland in the Trocadero, London. Thanks to Patrick from Sega for sending us this short video of the game, it should be interesting to see how this takes off as we first saw Sea Wolf be remade into a redemption game and now this.

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Space Invaders lamps

June 6, 2008

Speaking of Space Invaders, here are some SI-inspired lamps that were sent into us by The Stinger Report. They remind me of the Asteroids lamps we brought up a little while ago but with these easily recognizable characters. They are done by Unisonideastudio, which is based in Chile but when you visit their page you get a flashy logo and an e-mail address to contact and nothing else so we don’t know how much they run for. At least they are stackable!

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