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History of Pac-Man

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on 14 September 2011

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Transcript of History of Pac-Man

The History
of A Legend Is Born
The company Namco gets the credit for developing the most popular arcade game of all time. Toru Iwatani designed the game over the short time of 18 months (yeah back then one guy could write a game on his own, imagine that today?). Iwatani drew inspiration for his game via a famous Japanese phrase known as "Paku-Paku Taberu". This odd sounding name (odd only because it's not English of course) is symbolic of the noise made when one opens and closes their mouth rapidly. After a short 18 months, the game was complete and launched as "Puck Man". Strangely enough, it was NOT a big success after launch.

Namco and Iwatani may have developed "Puck Man" in Japan, but it was Midway who marketed to the United States and saw sales fly through the roof. Nobody had ever seen a game like it before. Renamed to Pac-Man in the US, it became an instant hit. It caught everyone by surprise and even the so called experts overlooked Pac-Man while reviewing arcade games (don't the experts always do things like that?). Keep in mind that we're talking Arcades here not consoles. Atari came after this.

Pacman Atari Commercial How to Play Pac-Man : History of Pac-Man Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary is only a year away, and Namco Bandai has revealed that a new game starring everyone’s favorite spectre-munching pizza-thing is on its way.
There isn’t much in the way of details yet, but Gamasutra reports that Hirokazu Yashuara, one of the co-creators of Sonic the Hedgehog, will be working on the project. Yasuhara has expressed "a strong desire to create a new character action game," citing a lack of such titles nowadays — could that mean the return of the Pac-platformer?
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