Technology Happy Birthday Pac-Man | Euronews

Happy Birthday Pac-Man | Euronews

You must have checked this little yellow character at least once. Wish him a happy birthday, Pac-Man celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Invented in 1980 in Japan, the goal is very simple: to make Pac-Man swallow the pills and the fruits of the maze while avoiding the ghosts, which become faster and faster as the levels progress.

But the game was not always called Pac-Man. Because it’s under the name of “Puck-Man” that the game is out, after a play on words with “paku” signifying “swallow” or “engulf” in Japanese. It was then renamed when it came out in the United States, for fear that players would have fun replacing the “P” with an “F”.

Originally Pac-Man was a game for women and couples – a different audience from that, generally male, fond of shooting games on aliens like Space Invaders, which were all the rage in Japan, said Tony Iwatani, the creator, in an interview with Wired magazine published in 2010. The very first game machine had been installed in a cinema in the trendy Tokyo district of Shibuya, rather than in an arcade room with violent games. And the success was immediate.

256 levels in 3h33

Tory Iwatani, was also inspired by Popeye to create his character. The strengths of the American comic character multiply as soon as he swallows a box of spinach. For Pac-Man, these are magic pills located in the recesses of the labyrinth which allows the player of the past from “hunted” to “hunter”.

The game then became a lucrative franchise with many variations such as Pac-Panix, Pac-in-Time and more recently, Pixels, the movie.

To win, you will have to complete the 256 levels without dying once, which few people have achieved so far. The last person to achieve this feat is an American. He reached 3,333,360 points in just 3 hours 33 minutes 12 seconds and 69 thousandths. Good luck to those who want to compete with it.

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