Centipede was one of the first arcade games that I remember getting really excited about. I don't want to think about how many quarters I blew on this game, as I was never really that great at it. But I absolutely enthralled with the gameplay, which kept me coming back for what seems like years. For me, Centipede was a major achievement for video game technology and a significant evolution beyond earlier arcade games that I had played.
I couldn't help comparing Centipede to the earlier Space Invaders and to its contemporary Galaga, two other shooter games that I also spent a lot of time on. While the other two always struck me as fun but very basic, I was thrilled as a little kid by the Centipede player's ability to move the character both horizontally and vertically on the screen. This was further enhanced by the game's trackball, which I had never experienced in a video game to that point. The sheer speed of the game was also incredibly thrilling to me. Compare how fast this game moves with Galaga and you'll see what I mean. To get through each round felt like a real accomplishment, and no video game I had ever played got my adrenaline pumping like this one.