National Game Registry 1980: Pac-Man

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Toru Iwatani

Pac-Man may be the most important arcade video game yet released, introducing the maze chase genre to most game enthusiasts but, more importantly, introducing video games in general to much of the mainstream.  Pac-Man’s simple objective is to eat all of the dots within a maze while avoiding ghosts.  Power pellets, located in the the labyrinth’s corners, temporarily give Pac-Man the ability to eat the ghosts.  Each stage has the same basic design but with noticeable changes in the ghosts’ behavior.

Pac-Man was inducted on April 11th, 2009.

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2 responses to “National Game Registry 1980: Pac-Man

  1. holy crap, that is a lot of different versions of pacman games. And I am not sure what you mean by “Video Game Crash of 1983” as far as I remember video games were still rocking at that year.

  2. That would be the crash that killed of the Atari 5200, ColecoVision, Odyssey2 and Vectrex between 1983 and 1984. The same crash that forced Warner Bros. to sell off Atari to Jack Tramiel and forced Mattel to sell off the Intellivision to an independent company. The same crash that killed publishers/developers like Cinematronics and Imagic. That one.

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