Aleks Krotoski

The Guardian

8 July 2009

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for: Universal Pictures has secured the film rights to the 80s vector-based space shooter Asteroids. Yes, that Asteroids – the white-on-black arcade classic. The news arrived via the pen of fellow Game Theorist Keith Stuart and the phrase “scraping the barrel” comes to mind. But rather than mock, I’m going to play devil’s advocate for a moment and propose that getting into a bidding war for an outdated, nostalgia-laden computer game is a good thing for the film studios to do. No, a great thing. Believe it or not, I have three reasons. Hear me out.

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