Throwback Thursday: Pac-Man is 34

by Robyn Wright on May 22, 2014

in Living

Pac-Man Arcade Game turns 34

Yesterday, May 21, 2014, was the 34th anniversary of the Pac-Man arcade game. I was 10 years old when Pac-Man came out and I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I played that game or how many quarters I spent on it.

In the early and mid 80s I spent a lot of time in video arcades. We were amazed by how cool some of the games were back then and just had no idea how far along they would be today. Regardless of how realistic today’s video games are though, Pac-Man still holds up to the test of time for many of us.

There is also nothing like playing the original arcade games in an actual arcade or pizza joint. They make replica standing Pac-Man games now but they are not the same size and do not have the same feel as the old ones. I loved the table versions to where the monitor was set down inside the table and there was a player on each side – usually found in pizza places.

And how many of us instantly here the Pac-Man sounds when we see the images? I know I do. As I am writing this it’s going through my head over and over even.

Finally, I saw this cartoon and had to share. So funny!

Pac-Man on social media

Do you remember Pac-Man? Any favorite stories or memories?

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Photo Sources: Child playing Pac-Man (adapted by adding to collage) by Frederic Bisson on Flickr, Funspot’s Pac-Man Wall via Rob Boudon on Flickr, and Pac-Man on Twitter via Emilie Ogez on Flickr

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{ 4 comments }

1 nanlara May 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Loved PAC man we didn’t have an Atari so whenever I was at my friends it was PAC man or DonkeyKong

2 Robin May 23, 2014 at 4:35 am

Awesome. I used to love playing Pac-Man. I even had one of those metal Pac-Man lunch boxes one year (I wish I still had it)!

3 Jane m May 23, 2014 at 4:50 am

What memories! I loved playing PAC Man. When my boys were young they insisted I play with them. I got so into the game I actually broke one of their controllers. After the initial shock, (wish I had a pic of those faces). My middle son laughed so hard he had tears following down his face. Thank goodness I was able to walk to the store & replace the controller.

4 TheAngelForever May 26, 2014 at 9:20 am

I miss the good old days of Pac-Man. So many memories of playing the tabletop version and hours at the original arcades trying the new versions as they were released. Loved the days when a quarter could get you a long game.

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