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Pac-Man Doesn't Look a Day Over 25

Can you believe that Pac-Man is turning thirty years old tomorrow? The little yellow dude doesn’t look a day over 25, I swear it. He has carried his age well all these years. If you’re like me and grew up playing this fantastic arcade game, you’re going to love the way Google is celebrating the anniversary. They’ve embedded a playable Pac-Man game as a Google Doodle on the homepage for the next two days!

Pac-Man may be the most influential video game of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records named Pac-Man as the best-known video game character on Earth, beating out Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog. Guinness also lists Pac-Man as the most successful coin-operated game ever. There are many popular versions of the game available for mobile devices, and you’ll find the arcade version in probably half the bars in this country. I know anytime I am out somewhere and see the game, I grab my quarters and migrate to the dot goodness on the screen. Twin Galaxies, which tracks video game world record scores, estimates the quarter-gobbler was played more than 10 billion times in the 20th century alone!

If you haven’t checked out the game on Google yet, give it a shot. It may not be exactly the same… but it comes darn close. Let me know your favorite Pac-Man memory. I’m willing to bet most of you have one.

What is the Future of Arcades?


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Arcades. That’s such a beautiful word which brings back a lot of good memories for me. I spent as much time as possible during my younger days in the local video game arcade, feeding quarters into my favorite machines. Eric called from California the other night to talk about the olden days, and to ask my thoughts on where the future of arcades in the U.S. is heading.

I know that in some countries, game arcades are still a huge deal. I honestly think it’s the social aspect that attracts people. However, I’m not sure why we aren’t as social here anymore. Have we really turned in to a country that would rather just stay inside alone, rather than have to interact with others? I hate the thought of that.

I do still love classic games. Heck, I have a video game system right in my office! I can’t begin to count up how many hours I spent shooting things in Asteroids, or trying to rescue the princess in Donkey Kong. We cannot leave out PacMan, Mario and so many other awesome games, either.

Do you still play classic arcade games? Do you GO to an arcade, or do you prefer to play games in the confinement of your home?

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Arcade Fun

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I finished a game of Ms. PacMan, and decided I’d rather play Tempest. No wait, I think it’s Pong I’m wanting to play. I’m not hacking anything, honest! I’m using my very own arcade machine from Dream Arcades!

The complete pre-built has over 200 games available, plus you can add your own. Designed for full sized adults (no stooping over to play), yet simple enough for the youngest kids to enjoy. Just plug it in and start playing. It stands approximately five feet high, and the casing is quite solid.

Unlike other arcade builders we are an arcade manufacturer. We do not build our tables one at a time in a shop. Dream Arcades does not offer dozens of different color options, configurations or full customization services.
Our tables are built on an assembly line in large quantities. This saves hundreds of dollars on every table we build, which we pass directly to the consumer. This also allows us to focus on quality and craftsmanship.

We realize that many of our customers may wish customize their arcades after purchase we have kept this in mind during the development and manufacturing process. Our tables are easy to open and dismantle, include Ultimarc IPAC programmable controllers and high-end computers that can easily be upgraded with new software or hardware.

Here is a sampling of the games that came with my new Arcade:

  • Asteroids
  • Battlezone
  • Centipede
  • Millipede
  • Pong
  • Tempest
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Defender
  • Joust
  • PAC-MAN
  • MS. PAC-MAN
  • Dig Dug

This isn’t something I’m getting sponsored on, folks. I bought this out of my own pocket. I love to play old games like this, and have long wanted my own. Ponzi enjoys some of these games, as well. It will definitely be put to good use… and I may never get any work done!

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Insert Coin: Game Over!

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My new Arcade Game Machine finally showed up today! One of the chat room members was kind enough to record the big “unboxing” moments for me. The complete pre-built has over 200 games available, plus you can add your own. Designed for full sized adults (no stooping over to play), yet simple enough for the youngest kids to enjoy. Just plug it in and start playing.

Case specs:

  • High Quality ¾ inch Melamine Cabinet
  • 19 inch arcade monitor with tempered glass
  • Side-art & control panel overlay included
  • Perfect size for adults and children
  • PC based arcade, so you can easily add additional titles
  • Lighted utility buttons & 2 1/4″ trackball
  • Complete ready to play arcade, not a kit.
  • Side-pinball buttons and hidden keyboard shelf
  • The arcade comes pre-filled with about 145 popular games! The games included are taken from the Atari Pack, Capcom, Midway and many more!

    And yes… you saw me doing things to this arcade that should never be attempted at home.

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    Frogger is Coming!

    I think I’m staying up late tonight. I want to be the first geek on my block to get achievements for Frogger. I wasn’t much of a Frogger fan in the arcade, but I think it’s good enough to spend a few more dollars on. I’m looking forward to Pac Man, too – although I wish it was Ms. Pac Man, instead. Here’s the scoop:

    Today, Xbox Live unveils Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays, a new program that will provide a regular launch schedule of new Xbox Live Arcade titles on the Xbox 360. Starting today, Xbox Live Arcade games will now go live worldwide on Wednesdays at 0800 GMT (Midnight Pacific) – hitting gamers around the world all on the same day. July 12 – Frogger; July 19 – Cloning Clyde; July 26 – Galaga; August 2 – Street Fighter II; August 9 – Pac-Man.

    “What’s that? The outlet? Mm-hmmm. That’s where the electricity comes out.” Oh, you mean the holes.

    Dance Dance Revolution

    The first time I saw DDR in the arcade, I thought to myself: “Oh, now there’s a game I’ll never play.” I’m not much of a dancer, even in slower tempos (just ask Ponzi). Sure, I know where to find rhythm – it’s under the word “rhythm” in Google! Seriously, I couldn’t even get the jump timings on Donkey Kong right – what makes you think I could do some Dance-Dance Revolution thing with my real feet? Well, Ponzi wanted a DDR mat – so we got ourselves a DDR mat (with accompanying DDR Ultramix game for the classic Xbox). Even if I laid it out in front of the television for the next year, we’d still not use it as much as we’re not using it today. Anybody want a hardly-used Dance-Dance Revolution embarassment blanket? Seriously, I don’t want to hold onto my failed attempt at coordination any longer. I can’t dance. I can’t sing. I don’t want DDR in my home any longer. Please, take this thing away?