Pac-Man is probably one of the most well-known characters in the world. The poster child of arcade games, Pac-Man first debuted in the 1980s and has since enjoyed decades of unrivaled popularity. Until today, the pellet-chomping, ghost-busting yellow disc remains an absolute favorite among arcade players, young and old. As a matter of fact, many avid fans seek out Pacman machine for sale to keep the Pac-Man tradition alive. Here are some interesting things you probably never knew about your hungry yellow pal:
1. Pacman was created by an untrained game designer. When Toru Iwatani (the originator of Pac-Man) first launched the idea behind it, he had no actual training whatsoever as a game designer or programmer. Iwatani was only 22 when he first entered Namco, where he was slated to work in the gaming company’s pinball division. Before Pac-Man, Iwatani was also the brains behind popular game titles like Gee Bee, Bomb Bee, and Cutie Q, but his most iconic work came in the form of a yellow, pellet-eating game character.
2. Pac-Man is one of the very first games that used cutscenes. Today, there are entire video games consisting of some 90% cutscenes and only 10% gameplay—and Pac-Man started it all.
3. Namco didn’t expect Pac-Man to be such a huge success. At best, they thought it to be a niche title that would attract only a few avid fans, but the game enjoyed such commercial popularity that Pac-Man was catapulted to iconic mascot status for the brand. The success even led to a variety of spin-offs like Miss Pac-Man, Pak-Rat, etc.
4. Due to its huge success, Pac-Man is also the first real video game franchise, spanning not only across games, films, and TV, but also toys, music, and more—its glory days coming long before Nintendo’s brick-smashing plumber character.
5. Pac-Man enjoys the title of being the most iconic video game to ever exist, at least according to its exclusive gallery exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art.
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