Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for Pac-Man

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.


25 comments:

Cynthia said...

I loved Pac Man. Playing the game, for some reason, often made me hungry afterward.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I loved PacMan!

mooderino said...

I found this gave very frustrating. Much preferred Asteroids.

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Sheena-kay Graham said...

Pac Man rules. I will not be questioned.

Adriana Dascalu said...

I loved it in my games phase! I should give it a try again!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I wasted many quarters and many hours playing Pac Man. And yes, I remember the cheesy song. Pac Man Fever I believe.

Brinda said...

Loved PAC Man and Joust.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

And don't forget Ms. Pac Man! :)

Melanie Schulz said...

The only thing better than Pac Man is Miss Pac Man, and that's only because my grandparents had the full sized arcade model in their basement and I played on that thing for hours.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I still play Pac-Man on my iPad for a diversion from just about anything.

Robin said...

Oh that Pac-Man. I know what you're saying about Pac-Man on the Atari vs the Arcade, but you could play on your Atari as long as you wanted. We played for FREAKING HOURS. I remember my fingers cramping from that dratted joystick.

Dianne L Gardner said...

Pac Man was humiliating for me. I'd play alongside the and get eaten in a matter of seconds, while they lasted hours.

Riann Colton said...

Ahhhh my childhood.

Shell Flower said...

I adored Ms. Pac Man, especially on those cool table-top versions of the game. They seemed so elegant back in 1983. Inky Blinky and Cldye. Awww.

Rusty Webb said...

I definitely had pac-man fever back in the day. I remember playing it once while in the lobby of a theater waiting for a movie (want to say Rocky III, but I'm not sure) and having the game of my life... the movie started and I missed early part because I was still rolling with my first quarter... I think I made it to the third key (I say I "think," I know I did), which was pretty weird, because I generally didn't get much further than the apple before I got killed.

Anyhow, I was a huge fan. Long live Pac-Man

Jay Noel said...

I think it's so cool to watch my kids play Pac-Man now. Takes me back!

David List said...

"...Sucked atomic donkey balls." HA! You remind me of a youtube star called AVGN with that description.
I almost listed Pac-Man today! I owned it first on the NES, in a weird black cartridge... Was probably unlicensed.

Jay Noel said...

David: I remember back in the day when there were illegal bootlegs of Pac-Man. Some things never change.

Tony Acree said...

One of the rare times I was drunk in public, I was playing Pac Man (the dots were really freaking me out after 10 Long Island Ice Teas) and an absolute bombshell of a woman stepped up to me and asked me and said, "I'm a dancer." When I asked her if she was going to cost me more money than the Pac Man game, she turned and walked away. I watched her go. The game ended. I put in another quarter.

J. A. Bennett said...

Pac Man is freaking hard! I don't know how I ever beat it as a kid. I guess it was hours and hours of practise :)

Jay Noel said...

Tony: That is awesome!

J.A.: It's all about timing. But I'm pretty sure my blood pressure would get outta hand if I played today.

Adriana Dascalu said...

here is the Nahaiwrimo place if you'd like to visit. The month used for daily haiku is February, the shortest month, but the challenge is open year round.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/NaHaiWriMo/108107262587697?fref=ts

farawayeyes said...

I still love Pac-Man!

Deniz Bevan said...

I used to be so awesome at this. And my grandmother - it's true! - was even better - she got up to level 81 or higher in the pc version...

jahanzaib ashraf said...

love this app.play first time and then play again and again.thank you very much the creator of pacman.

pacman android app

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