32 Candles for Pac-Man

Pac-man—the iconic game and character that elevated video games from seedy arcades to national past time—is 32 years old. The Namco-developed creation, like many games of its era, features incredibly simple gameplay; you navigate Pac-Man through a maze with the goal of clearing the board of dots while simultaneously avoiding ghosts. It’s the type of wackiness that the Japanese game industry excelled at during the ’80s.

PCMag.com is celebrating Pac-Man’s 32 years by looking back at the little yellow guy’s most memorable moments, which revolve around the games, television appearances, and a hit novelty song.



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