Pac Man
Pac Man

 

      “PAC-MAN MANIA!” “PAC-MAN FEVER!” “PAC-MAN CRAZE HITS AMERICA!” These are just a few of the thousands of headlines that announced to the world that video games were about to become a major part of our culture. Even today the little yellow Pac-Man–the industry’s first celebrity character–is a universally recognized symbol. Named for the Japanese word puka, meaning “to eat,” Pac-Man not only gobbled up dots, fruit, energy pills, and four ghosts, but also millions of quarters from players previously occupied with blasting aliens out of the sky.
      The makers of Pac-Man capitalized on the simplicity of the phenomenally popular early video game, Pong. In fact, the game was so easy that the manufacturer eventually installed a faster chip in the machines to decrease play time. Pac-Man, with only one control and a basic maze format, was mildly challenging, non-confrontational, and the first game to feature interstitial animation as a form of reward. Pac-Man is perhaps the most beloved video game ever produced.