Steven Spielberg as you probably already know is a bit of a gamer and it was only natural when the director was doing one of his regular visits to Lucasfilm in the early 80’s that he set his sites on the Star Wars arcade machine that just happened to be taking residence.
to Lucasfilm for reference and for Langston to study. After studying the manual he discovered a switch that would convert the game into debug mode and allow all sorts of options to be applied. One in particular was the option to freeze the game and using the fire button you could advance the scene one frame at a time and still move the cursor on screen and blast away those Tie-fighters and other enemies. Langston loved this feature and added the option to the cockpit and labelled it “The Force.”
Imagine his disappointment finding out that his Star Wars arcade game was missing The Force.
Written by Rob Wainfur @welshslider