Between Empire and Pac-Man, it’s a day for 30th anniversary trifectas. Did we appreciate how amazing 1980 was when we were living in it? Here’s three bits of Pac-related info that illustrate the continuing legacy of T?ru Iwatani’s gaming masterpiece.
?? As if I didn’t feel bad enough about taunting you with the Gundam phone/dock earlier, now I must direct your attention to this copyright-infringetastic Pac-Man arcade cabinet constructed from Legos that features working controls and the ability to emulate 48 classic games (obviously including Pac-Man along with Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and other favorites). It was created by engineer Ben Fleskes, who really should get a Nobel Peace Prize for his effort.You can learn more about the project at Fleskes’ website. (Via Wired)
?? Determined to crush the economy by halting workplace productivity, Google has made today’s “Doodle” icon a fully playable version of the game. Go ahead and hug your monitor, this is some perfectly executed design work right here.
?? I don’t have the foggiest idea what is going on in this live-action game of Pac-Man from Japan. According to the laugh track, whatever is happening is hilarious. It just looks scary and wrong to me though.
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.