In Arcadian, I talked about my confusion about what the avatar/player character/hero of Centipede was supposed to be.
To me, it looks like another insect. It has what seems like a head with eyes and a stinger coming out it’s front. Maybe a probiscus? If not that, then it is a ship. It has a ship shape with a back end that might be a thruster, two windshields, and a forward gun.
Other people had other ideas, though. The Atari 2600 version depicted him as a little gnome or elf with a magic wand.
The game didn’t, of course. It just depicted it as a rectangle.
The new Centipede Origins depicts him as a gnome as well, albeit a much different one from the 2600 version.
The Playstation version had him as a little guy in little ship.
I figure the best source for this quandry, though, is the original arcade flyers. After all, the arcade version is the official version. All the others are ports. So what the arcade version says goes. And what the arcade version says is…nothing.
I know that’s a little small, but if you blow up one section, it refers to the avatar as a “gun”.
That’s about the only reference to the identity of the avatar I could find in the flyer. So I guess we have to go with that. And I also guess that isn’t so bad.