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Yes and no.The game in the movie was a mock-up. The game cabinet is shown, but the screens were just computer-animated. The cabinet had colored lights for that scene. At the time this movie was made, an arcade game with graphics like that was not possible. There were plans to release an arcade version with vector graphics like the Star Wars arcade game (http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?letter=S&game_id=9773) but this never got beyond early stages and was never finished.On the home front, there were plans to make an Atari 2600 version but that game was nothing like what is seen in the movie. The game was later renamed and released as Solaris (http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-2600/solaris_). There was a Last Starfighter game created for the Atari 5200 computer (http://www.atariage.com/software_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=789) which was never released, and one for the Atari 400/800 which was renamed and released as Star Raiders II. It was also ported to other systems of the time, like Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC (http://www.mobygames.com/game/star-raiders-ii).In 2006, a company called Rogue Synapse (www.roguesynapse.com) created a version of the game seen in the movie that is designed to run on Windows, and they provide plans for how to make a replica game cabinet.
Centauri wanted his death to motivate Alex to fight Zur and the Ko-Dan armada. Give Alex a reason to help save Rylos and the Star League as well as saving Earth and his own family and friends. Give Alex a reason to fight as a Starfighter.
Grig was in the hanger working on the prototype of the advanced Gunstar which was to be Alex's Gunstar, when the base was attacked and destroyed.
When Alex and Centauri return to Rylos, they learn that all the Starfighters were massacred in the destruction of Star League Command. Since Alex was away on Earth, he was the only Starfighter left to stand against Xur, as Grig was only a navigator.
In 2009, 25 years after the film's release, it was announced that there was to be a long-awaited sequel entitled "Starfighter" which was to take place 30 years after this film. The only original cast member rumored to be returning was Norman Snow as Xur. The sequel was shelved. However, given the current spate of revival shows and reboots, including Paramount's upcoming remake of Joe Dante's 'Explorers', it wouldn't come as a surprise if it made it to theaters.
The movie tie-in novel published by Berkley Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Books.
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