Wasn’t Asteroids the first Atari game to have a high-score table?
Ed Logg: Actually, Asteroids was not the first game; there was another game that used it just prior. I thought the idea was a great way to preserve your score and identity for the world to see. So I added it to Asteroids. I see it as filling the role of graffiti. Now it is standard, of course, and the indus try has added battery-backed RAM or EEROM to save it permanently.
ZA Game Design: Theory & Practice Richard Rouse III 2001