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Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« on: May 21, 2010, 11:29:21 PM »
Today (May 22) marks 30 years since Pac-Man first started munching dots and ghosts and quarters. Here's the thread to pay your respect, post nifty Pac-Man related things, and talk about all things Pac-Man.

How to celebrate?

You can buy the game for your PC (Only 99 cents if you buy certain other namco games from them.!)
http://www.namcogames.com/pc_games/

Or for the next couple days you can play it in the google banner:
http://www.google.com

You can watch an episode of the old Hanna Barbara cartoon:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

You can play the NES version for free here:
http://www.virtualnes.com/play/?id=NES-PQ&s=1

You can read an incredibly technical and detailed, but fascinating account of how Pac-Man works:
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3938/the_pacman_dossier.php

Rock out to Weird Al's Pac-Man:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/PdzM6SLw8xc&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/PdzM6SLw8xc&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>

Or to Buckner & Garcia's one hit wonder, Pac-Man Fever (Embedding disabled. Hey, buy their album! It's cheap!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-MONIvP6kI

Or you can just feel really, really old. It's been 30 years since my mom started holding my 3-year-old self up to the arcade cabinet so I could play.

Share your Pac-Man related homages/stories/links/whatever!


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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2010, 01:04:34 AM »
That Google banner is sweet....but the game is hell to play without a joystick.


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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2010, 09:23:22 AM »
And dead-ends.  Lousy "e".   ;D
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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2010, 10:58:12 AM »
Pac Man was the first game I ever became a fan of.  I played it for hours and hours on my families Atari 7800.  I would tie it with Tetris as the greatest game of all time.  Have you ever read about how Mrs.Pac Man came to be made?  That is very interesting too.


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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010, 11:02:21 AM »
I'm useless at Pac-Man.  Therefore I hate it.  ;)


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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2010, 11:16:40 AM »
Wow, 30 years.

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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2010, 11:38:54 AM »
30, eh?

That's a shame.

Before long it's gonna be a lot of him and Ms. Pac-Man visiting other married couples, and nursing a couple glasses of wine, and talking about Grey's Anatomy and the best routes they take to get to work. And two or three times a year, they may even make love.
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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2010, 03:10:58 PM »
Here's some bad Pac man box art.



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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2010, 03:17:59 PM »
Here's some bad Pac man box art.



Wow, why didn't the Pac Man cartoon go with these designs?

All this time, they were in a castle, who knew?
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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2010, 07:06:17 PM »
Here's some bad Pac man box art.



Jeez...who approved THAT?   :D


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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2010, 07:07:43 PM »
Here's some bad Pac man box art.



Jeez...who approved THAT?   :D

And why is he eating Advil caplets like cookies?  I guess a head like that would lead to some big headaches, but damn.
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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2010, 07:22:48 PM »
Hey, it's no worse than the original Megaman box artwork...

What?  You think I'd put that garbage on this forum?  For shame... ;D

Actually, doing a search for the original Megaman box artwork showed the box for the European edtion, which was actually pretty friggin' sweet...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Well, maybe it's not GREAT, but hell, it's better than the alternative.  Besides, Dr. Wily looks like he's about to break into a sonnet or something.
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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2010, 07:23:25 PM »
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Re: Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man! (The game. Not me. :^) )
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2010, 09:02:33 PM »
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