All About The Most Successful Coin-Operated Arcade Game

Pacman History

History Of Pacman

Pacman is a game that was created by Namco. It started being distributed in the US by Midway and was initially released in Japan on May 22nd of 1980. Pacman is an arcade game that rushed to popularity right away and is still just as popular today as it was when it was first released to the public.

Pacman is one of the most popular video games of all time, even to this day. Pacman was created by a team of nine men that worked with the original creator Tōru Iwatani. Iwatani originally came up with the idea of creating a game related to eating and everything changed from there. He said the game piece was supposed to represent a pizza with a slice missing but later on, he admitted that the shape was actually inspired by the Japanese character for mouth. He said pizza originally because it appealed to a much wider audience.

Originally, Pacman was not going to have a maze but this gave the game much more depth and excitement; allowing it to become recognized by not only children and teenagers but people of all ages. As you can see, the bright colors and simple shapes easily grabbed the attention of children right out of the gate.

Many other great things have come from this fun, fast-paced game; such as an animated TV series, a top ten single and a ton of merchandise. Pacman came out around the time that games such as Space Invators and Pong were still brand new. No matter how many games have come out throughout the years, Pacman has never been beat as popularity and awards. Pacman changed the gaming world forever and is the most profitable video game of all time. It brought in more than $2.5 billion by the year of 1990.

There have been over 30 different spin-offs by licensed games that have features the main character as well as many unauthorized and bootlegs/clones in homage to this wonderful game.

According to the Davie-Brown Index, Pacman has the largest brand awareness of any video game character throughout the entire United States. Literally at least 94 percent of people can recognize Pacman when they see him. Pacman still maintains the longest running video game franchise of all time; and it has no signs of slowing down.

No matter how much time passed, Pacman continues to shine above the competition and always will.