It is 1980 and the National Space Invader’s Tournament Finals is Approaching…

This articles covers the New York Regional contest and its winner, Frank Tetra. Tetra would go on to win 2nd place and a computer. The big winner would be video game industry pioneer, Rebecca Heineman.

Heineman programmed the cult classic graphic adventure games Tass Times in Tonetown and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate. She also programmed the Macintosh, Super NES and Apple IIGS ports of Another World, as well as some other lesser-known games, such as Mindshadow, Borrowed Time, Battle Chess, and The Tracer Sanction.

I remember these contests and how exciting it felt to see the gaming culture catch on in the mainstream media.

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