Saturday, May 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Pac-Man

Today Pac-Man turns 30 years old. On May 22, 1980, Namco placed the first Pac-Man machine (actually Puck Man) in a movie theater in the Shibuya section of Tokyo. And the rest was history. When it came time to import the game to the states they changed the name from Puck Man for fear those damn American kids would scratch the curve off the P to make it Fuck Man.

Earlier today I played some Puck Man and in honor of the recently departed heavy metal lord Ronnie James Dio I had the Holy Diver CD cranked in the background. It felt almost like I had gone back in time.

So in celebration it seemed like a good opportunity to feature the original Japanese ROM for Puck Man so click HERE and download it to your MAME ROMs folder.

Also, if you care to download the song "Pac-Man Fever" I threw the mp3 up there for grabs too HERE.

By the way, in honor of the anniversary Google turned their homepage logo into a playable Pac-Man game if you want to check that out.

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Fallguy40 said...

I remember going up to the Stop & Go on Tidwell with my friend Todd to check out Pac Man. He had seen it was was trying to describe its awesomeness to me but I wasn't getting it. Had to see for myself.

I remember being blown away by it. We'd go golf ball hunting at Brock Park, then sell the golf balls back to the pro shop and spend all the money on the way home on Pac Man.

MadPlanet said...

I was never a HUGE Pac-Man fan so I never learned the patterns and all that stuff but I do remember when it was all the rage and thinking it was pretty cool. Then we got the Atari 2600 version and even though it was a very shaky port it was still cool to be able to play at home. Then I later saw a picture of the Atari 5200 version and thought "wow that looks exactly like the real thing". Never did get an Atari 5200 though. Now I have a box full of Atari 5200 cartridges that my brother-in-law bought at a garage sale for like $5 about 5 years ago and I'm STILL looking for a 5200 to play them on. Those damn things ain't cheap!

Fallguy40 said...

I never learned any patterns either. I just liked to play it. That Atari port was fun though. Just imagine: Pac-Man at home!

That was the 1st game I played on your Stella Atari emulator. Then I tried ET.

xarn said...

Puck-Man huh? Makes a lot more sense than Pac-Man did. I always wondered why they called him Pac-Man...