Friday, May 22, 2015

35 Years of Pac-Man

source: Dennis Hallinan—Jupiter Images/AP via Time








"Thirty-five years ago today, Namco’s Puck Man burst into Japanese arcades… and didn’t make much of an impact. In October 1980, the game was quietly released in America with a slight name change, for fear that the word “puck” could easily be altered into, well, you know. Pac-Man was born, and unexpectedly, Pac-Mania soon swept the nation, forever altering video games, pop culture, and breakfast cereal as we knew them."

4 comments:

  1. Loved the game and the phenom even though I didn't play the game until much later. I was only in grade one and back then I was button phobic like my parents. After all I didn't have any brothers and sisters, so I didn't know better. But I did watch the toon, but that was another thing.
    Mostly I just watched other people play the arcade game while my parents shopped at Miracle Food Mart. While the food was at the checkout being processed and payed for, I watched the teens play the game and insert coin after coin in to the machine. After awhile I'd get bored and go back to staring at the candy machines. Sometimes I'd even get a treat from them. A few gumballs or some toy trinket.
    That's what I remember most about the Pac man game. LOL :)

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    1. Tina, thank you for sharing this sweet memory with me. I love reading your comments. I used to love the gumball and candy machines. I still try them now and then. :) Always tried for the cooler prizes but usually got some flimsy plastic doo-dad. Still it was always fun. I tried Pac-man via a friend's Atari (a few times) and a couple of times at the grocery store machine and once at an actual arcade. It was fun but I was never adept at video games. :)

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  2. My parents didn't believe in feeding quarters into games, so I only played Pac-man a few times at a restaurant once. I was elated when I got it on my Atari 2600 even though it barely resembled the arcade version.

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    1. Hello Tom! Tried both arcade and Atari versions too. Pac-Man was just one of those things you had to try back in the 80s. Fun and colorful. Loved the trading cards too.

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