Taito’s history is one of change and adaptation. Michael Kogan was a Jewish-Russian refugee who worked in a Japanese factory during World War II. After the war, he relocated to Shanghai, China to join his father, Taitung, in making natural hair wigs, floor coverings, and hog bristles. When the Communists overtook China, he liquidated the company and and electromechanical games, and, eventually, video games.
Taito claims to have produced the first racing video game with Speed Race, although Atari argues it was first with Gran Trak 10. Of course, Taito is most famous for creating the game Space Invaders. Regardless, Taito released numerous entertainment devices including pinball machines.
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