Asteroids was one of the titles that I knew only from the Atari 2600. I don’t think I was ever aware that the 2600 version was a port of an arcade game.
There are two things I do know, though. 1) I and all my friends held Asteroids in awe for some unknown reason. It was reverenced back in my day as one of the greats. 2) The Asteroids ship looks a lot like the Apple Logo Turtle.
Remember Logo? We had it on our school library’s Apple IIe (I think), and one day the librarian allowed me to play with it. I quickly mastered making squares and thought the world really had entered a high tech age.
Today, Logo doesn’t seem so technologically advanced. But the “turtle” (which is what the Logo cursor was called) stills seems very similar to the Asteroids ship. Don’t you think?