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.
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.