Previously Unseen & Lawsuit-Ridden Asteroids Clone Arcade Machine 'Meteors' Unearthed

Previously-Unseen-Lawsuit-Ridden-Asteroids-Clone-Arcade-Machine-Meteors-UnearthedIn 1981 Atari took Amusement World to court over their upcoming arcade game release, Meteors. The space shooter was argued to be a direct rip-off of Atari's Asteroids, however, against all odds, Amusement World managed to win and set a whole new predicament for those wanting to copyright genres. As of today, the cabinet at the centre of this battle now can be seen for the first time.

Amusement World's late president and lead creator of Meteors, Stephen Holniker, is someone we owe thanks to. Had the decision gone the Atari's way, you could kiss goodbye to any other games that might bear resemblance to other older titles. Something which could have potentially restricted titles such as Snow Bros for being too similar to Bubble Bobble, or even OutRun for using similar elements to Pole Position.

Despite victory, Stephen Holniker left the small quanity of Meteors cabinets that were built in storage. As of recent though, Holniker's son, Eric, has since recovered one of the cabinets and put it on general display at his co-owned store Save Point in Westminster, Maryland in the United States. Luckily enough the cabinet still works and can now been seen in action on YouTube (or in person should you live near).

Meteors (Arcade) Gameplay Video

Source: Arcade Heroes via Ian Bogost via Mo5

Last Updated ( 21 December 2012 )  


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(Link to this comment) RalphUp 2012-12-23 13:38
This is in MAME as the following!
Space Force (c) 1980 Venture Line.
Meteoroids (c) 1981 Venture Line.

Previously Unseen? if it has a different attract screen etc. then maybe needs dumping?!?

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