Even if the title screen says 1982, Sinistar was released in February 1983.
Also released as :
"Sinistar [Cockpit model]
"Sinistar [DuraMold model]
This game was originally going to be called "Juggernaut
", then "Darkstar". The prototype version called Sinistar is a machine that was displayed at the November 1982 AMOA show in Las Vegas. The revision 2 was the most common version of the game.
The game is jokingly referred to as 'Opie-Star' at Williams' offices, because Sinistar's 'Run, Coward!' taunt sounded like he's saying 'Ron Howard' (acclaimed actor and director best known for his roles as Opie Taylor on 'The Andy Griffith Show', and as Richie Cunningham on 'Happy Days').
Sinistar's phrases :
'Beware I live'
'I hunger coward'
'Run run run'
'I am Sinistar'
A Sinistar unit appears in the 1983 movie 'WarGames'.
A Sinistar unit appears in the 1983 music video, 'Almost Over You' by Sheena Easton.