Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy 30th Birthday Pac-Man

Today May 21, 2010 is the day that the great game of Pac-Man was created and one of the most iconic video games characters was introduced to the world. The game was made by Namco and distributed by Midway in the US. The concept of the character of Pac-Man came along when the Creator was eating pizza and a slice was removed. In japan he is known Puck-Man but the creator changed it to Pac-Man in the US because he said people in America perverted minds (He's right but the Japaneses also have perverted minds as well you can tell by the type of video game they make that aren't released in the US). This game was amazing it was a simple game eat the dots and avoid the ghosts and it got harder and harder as you progressed through the levels. They were many ports of this game to many systems, but it was the arcade port that had people going crazy. Kids would save their lunch money and head to the arcade to play after school. Pac-Man also had his own TV show and he has other merchandise as well so he was definitely a money maker. Buckner & Garcia in 1982 released the song "Pac-Man Fever" which went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Everyone had Pac-Man Fever and the parents of these kids thought so which lead to the video game crash of 1983 and arcades were shutting down left and right. Lucky for us video games game back on the scene and have left our side. Pac-Man is an awesome game who could have though such a simple game would be so much fun. That would explain how Pong was so popular and it was even simpler then Pac-Man. Pac-Man is also great because it shares its birthday with the best Star Wars Movie ever made "The Empire Strikes Back". Pac-Man also had many other spin-offs and remakes like Ms. Pac-Man. May 21st is such a great day Happy Birthday Pac-Man (...and The Empire Strikes Back").

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