Centipede was a game that was always around in the arcades that I visited as a kid, but I very rarely played it. I somehow got it in my head that it was a boring game, and this false belief followed me into adulthood. It wasn’t until playing a game of Millipede at California Extreme in 2015 that I realized what I was missing.
So right around the time that I picked up my Joust, I was also on the hunt for a Millipede machine. At the time, whichever one came up first was going to be the one that I added to my collection. Joust won that particular battle, but I was still on the lookout for a nice Centipede or Millipede for Room 237.
In December of 2015, a nice looking Centipede popped up on Craigslist at a pretty great price. After exchanging a few emails back and forth with the seller, we realized that we knew each other. I was actually talking to one of my fellow KLOV forum members. We struck a deal, and later that night, Centipede was in the house.
To get the game set up to toggle between Centipede and Millipede, I picked up a Millipede board, a wiring harness adapter, and a Braze Multipede kit. I tend to play Millipede more than Centipede, but either way, my ten-year-old self was an idiot: Centipede is a great game!