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.