The ship from Asteroids is hidden in plain sight in your GPS system

For those of a certain age, the iconic “pew pew pew” noises of the Asteroids arcade game bring a flood memories. The gameplay pales in comparison to the ultra-realistic video games of today, but there’s a quaint charm to flying around in a little space ship blowing up floating rocks.

Asteroids, first released in late 1979, was one of the first really popular video games, but its legacy goes much further than that. In fact, if you use most popular GPS navigation systems, you’re staring at a little bit of Asteroids lore every time you get in the car: the spaceship.

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via The Verge
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