It's hard to believe the video game PacMan is 25 years old...and it's still going strong. I found a couple of interesting articles (here
) about the game that took the world by storm.
I spent many an hour playing this game...
I played Pac Man a bit in the arcade, but not nearly as much as I played on my Atari 2600 back in the day. I remember when it came out for the Atari, the game would fly off the shelves. I was fortunate enough to be in a Sears store when it came out and they announced they had copies of the cartridge in stock. I'd saved up enough allowance to buy the game, which I think cost the princely sum of $19.95.
Pac Man mania swept the country for a while. I remember having a PacMan lunchbox, there was a PacMan cartoon, there was Ms PacMan and Jr PacMan (I had Ms PacMan for the 2600 as well). There were books on how to get the ultimate score at PacMan (one of the articles I read talked about a man who maximized the score on the first level of PacMan and one who played the "perfect" game of PacMan, getting the maximum number of points). Also, if you watched Silver Spoons
, the first episode featured Ricky's Dad having his own PacMan machine. (If you remember, right after Ricky tells his dad that he's his son, you hear PacMan dying). Ah, the memories...
It was one of my favorite games--and it still is.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 7/05/2005 01:48:00 PM