The 1970s to 1980s was a time when video games were mostly war or sports-themed: something that limited video gaming to select audiences. Toru Iwatani wanted to make a game that can also appeal to women and children. That was when the concept of a moving mouth set against a colorful backdrop was created.
What Pac-Man Started
This maze arcade game was released by Namco in 1980 and published outside of Japan by Midway Games. The player controls the game’s namesake character that must eat all the dots inside an enclosed labyrinth while avoiding four ghosts. Pac-Man gets to eat these ghosts for bonus points when the player feeds it Energizers: large flashing dots on some areas of the map.
Pac-Man’s success left a lasting legacy in the history of video gaming. Several sequel games, two television series, and even a hit single, further established the title as one of the best-selling game series of all time.
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