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1980 - Pac-Man Released


Title: 1980 - Pac-Man Released


About: Japanese arcade game manufacturer Namco introduces the world to Pac-Man.

The classic and enormously popular Pac-Man video game came out in Japan on May 21, 1980, and by October of that year it was released in the United States. The yellow, orb-shaped Pac-Man character, who travels around a maze trying to eat dots and avoid four hunting ghosts, quickly became an icon of the 1980s. 

The game was conceived as an antidote to the overwhelming number of games with violent themes. Instead, Pac-Man was motivated by food and eating, chewing its way to victory (in Japanese slang, paku paku describes the snapping of a mouth open and shut).


The game was made challenging by a group of four 'ghosts' on each level that tried to catch and consume Pac-Man. The roles of predator and prey were temporarily reversed when Pac-Man ate special 'power pills' placed in the maze.


The non-violent and goofy nature of Pac-Man quickly turned it into an international sensation, with more than 100,000 consoles sold in the US alone, easily making it the most successful arcade game in history. 

Decade: 1980s

Year: 1980

Region: Asia

Country: Japan

Discovery: Invention

Type: Historical Event

Impact: 1

Artist: Vlad Nikulin


Group: Genesis

Number: 80/100

Price: 0.1 ETH


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