Pac-Man Game Turns 40

JAMESTOWN – Pac-Man turns 40 today.

It debuted in a Tokyo arcade on May 22, 1980 and became a game-changer in the video game world.

It went on to become the most successful arcade game of all time. It led to all kinds of merchandise and became an icon of 1980’s pop culture.

Pac-Man’s official website says it’s one of the most recognized images on the planet, with 90 percent brand recognition around the world.

It all started with a young game designer named Toru Iwatani, who created the game for the Japanese games firm Namco.

He says he never thought it would be loved and played so widely throughout the world.


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