OK, sure, I’m all for the worlds of video games being mined for other mediums. But how the hell is Galaga going to work as a television show? Well, Transformers and Star Trek’s Roberto Orci is joining the quest to find out.
For twenty years, Namco Bandai has held patent US 5718632 A, which has given them ownership of the idea of a loading screen minigame. On November 27 (in America, so tomorrow for us), that patent expires.
If you’ve seen The Avengers, you’ll know there’s a mildly awkward moment where, of all games, Galaga is mentioned, then actually shown. Aside from coming across as an advertisement, it’s short, and it’s relatively harmless.