Centipede, Star Raiders remakes spotted - Retail Radar

Game rental service GameFly hints at revivals of space combat sim, classic shooter.

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No Caption Provided Earlier this week, Atari formally announced its plans to revive the Haunted House series, but the publisher isn't stopping there. Listings for Centipede and Star Raiders recently popped up on online game-rental house GameFly suggesting revivals or remakes are on the way.
Centipede inches back.
Centipede inches back.

The listings for Centipede and Star Raiders provide little in the way of specifics and only note that each will be released in 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

GameFly's business doesn't extend to downloadable games, so if the listings are accurate, the titles would likely be disc-based retail games. As of press time Atari has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Centipede debuted as an arcade title and was ported to other systems later. In the game, players controlled a being tasked with killing foes as they cascaded down the screen. The game was created by Atari's only female software engineer in 1980, Dona Bailey.

Star Raiders is a space combat simulator that was released in 1979. The game was presented in a first-person manner, where players sat in a virtual cockpit and rained fire on fleets of attacking enemies.

An Xbox Live Arcade version of Centipede was bundled with Millipede and released on Xbox Live Arcade in 2007. It was later released as a launch title for Microsoft's Game Room in March 2010.

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Centipede was already remade back in 98....

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I still play Star Raiders on my 2600 on occasion. Can't wait to see what they do with it!

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An Xbox Live Arcade version of Centipede was bundled with Millipede and released on Xbox Live Arcade in 2007. It was later released as a launch title for Microsoft's Game Room in March 2010. I've played both of them and they already have the "revamped" version of it. I don't see how you can remake this game at all... unless it was a first person shooter or something.

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ha

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Omg, the memories, I used to play star raiders for hours on the 2600, then the 5200, I still play it on the emulator on the computer. Since they are at it why not a remake o xwing/tie fighter,wing commander, freespace, and freelancer, yessir those were the original shooters, not fps.

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Its the 80's. We have gone round to "Rich" Gavin, common'ly known as "Gavin the JackASS". Why ? Because he has a Atari800..and StarRadiers. Memorys are made of this ;)

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Hopefully this remake is good.

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i remember making the score reset to zero one night i stayed at a friends house on his 2600. good times

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Atari's doing what most old-school companies should, remake their classics

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Wow. I've actually still got a Star Raiders cartraige just as a keepsake. (Missle Command and Centepede, too.) It's amazing how much they could do with an 8k program. Thing is, this game ripped off Star Wars big time. It's got a TIE fighter right on the box cover! The base ships looked like they came right out of Battlestar Galactica, too (Cylons -> Krylons). The computer game industry was tiny enough to get away with that in 1979 but these days?

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I had the keypad controller for my 800XL, as far as I know it wasn't used for anything else. Really great game though, losing one photon, or damaging your engines. Sensors hit! Arrgh computer gone! and don't forget your starmap.. Stardocking to repair your ship. What was my rank, garbage scout captain!! haha! Fun times! Centipede and Millipede were great too, often played them. dropping the millipede into the TNT. I really hated that spider on Centipede! Pure gameplay in its' finest form. Some great games back then, Defender, Missile Command, Asteroids, Robotron, Dig Dug still remember the sounds too :)

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Star Raiders was a surprisingly complicated game. I even used to have the keypad controller that you pretty much needed to use if you were going to get anywhere playing it. Was that controller even used for any other games? I don't remember.

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Makes me kinda miss my old Atari, with it's stiff joystick and faux wood paneling.

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Centipede is a deeper game than it looks (as deep as arcade-oriented games can be of course). Enemies don't just dawdle down the screen to be obliterated, making the occasional wildly aimed shot. The Centipede in particular was a nasty, next to unpredictable thing.

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I loved Star Raiders growing up. I would even put a helmet on which enhanced the experience greatly. The game had a great sequel called Solaris. I never beat it though. It got too hard near the end, but it was a great game as well. Those blasted Krylons.

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Star Raiders was a classic even before the legendary Elite! Great to see it and Centipede receive a revival.

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Star Raiders? Awesome! Make sure it doesn't suck.

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