The Original Garden Warfare
So just what is the player avatar in the original Centipede supposed to be? The Centipede Operation, Maintenance, and Service Manual that came with the coin-op cabinets refers to you as a “somewhat humanoid head” – that’s helpful, thanks Atari. The Atari 2600 version depicts you as a little elf-like creature in a cape, though more recently a trivia section in a cell phone release calls you a garden gnome. Hey wait – that last one actually makes a bit of sense. “Somewhat humanoid heads” and elves don’t have nearly as many reasons to be shooting centipedes, spiders, scorpions, and fleas as garden gnomes do. Probably.