Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.
When you think of 80s video games, the first thing that pops into any mind of a child of the 80s is Pac-Man. In the 80s, you couldn't go to any arcade and not see a crowd gathering around a Pac-Man cabinet, fiddling with the joystick and trying to not get eaten by the ghosts.
Pac-Man was then released for the Atari game system. Oh man, it was both cool and horrible at the same time. I think the game retailed for around $40, and that was a lot of money for a video game back in the early 80s. On my Atari 2600, the game only slightly resembled the arcade version. Nevertheless, I got blisters on my hand playing. But yeah, the home game version sucked atomic donkey balls.
Although it was just a video game, Pac-Man was everywhere. It was on t-shirts, toys, and even a cartoon show. Hell, there was even a song inspired by the Pac-Man phenomenon.
The game itself is simple: you control Pac-Man, a yellow character that looks like a pizza with one slice cut out. And you're hungry, so you start devouring these little dots all over a maze. Suddenly, these colored ghosts start coming after you. Each ghost has a name, and they are: Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde. If they catch you, you're dead.
However, if you eat a power pellet, you turn the tables and can go after the ghosts, but only for a few seconds.
Simple, but addicting as hell.