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Published on Aug 19, 2008

Because I wanted a simple video of Sinistar's words of awesome without anything added to it.

This is Sinistar, from a 1982 arcade game of the same name. The game was developed by Williams Electronics. The objective is to destroy the title character as he chases you through space.

While some are under the mistaken impression that it is the first game to feature voices - although many credit it for being the first to use voices as successfully as it did - it was the first to use stereo sound (only in the sit-down arcade cabinets). Sinistar's voice is provided by late radio personality John Doremus. An inside joke within the development team is that "Run, Coward!" sounded like "Ron Howard", which led them to dub the game "Opie-star".

Although it originated as an arcade game, it's been ported on several Midway/Williams arcade compilations (SNES, Dreamcast, GBA, XBox, PS2 to name a few). A while back it could be played online for free on Midway's website, used as a tech demo to demonstrate the capability of Macromedia Shockwave with an impressive port. But with Midway going under, it has since gone offline.
"I am Sinistar!
Beware, I live!
Run, Run, Run!
Beware, Coward!
Run, Coward!
I hunger!"

The wisdom, the magic, the inspiration, the mystery, and the philosophical rants by none other than the deadliest force in the galaxy, SINISTAR. He hungers for his burrito. I know "I hunger, Coward!" is missing, but it's something. Now try going to your job and saying what he does to everyone. You can't. The fact that Sinistar can means he rules you. And 30 years later his scream still gives people the chills.


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