Monday, June 29, 2009

Mario Pac-Man, Sonic Pac-Man, Pac-Man Pac-Man!

Pac-Man (much more commonly, though incorrectly according to Wikipedia, written as Pacman) was one of the first colour video games and made its debut in video arcades way back in 1980. It was the first ever video game to become truly popular in global mainstream culture, to the extent that the Pac-Man character became an instantly recognizable icon during the 1980s. It is a true gaming classic, and is still very popular today - indeed, its simple, fun and addictive gameplay puts many a modern 3D "mega-game" to shame.

There are some great Flash online versions of the Pac-Man game in the site for you to try if you would like to experience the legend for yourself - two versions with a Super Mario Bros. theme and one with a Sonic the Hedgehog theme. There is also a very good reproduction of the classic original too!

  Classic Original Pacman

  Super Mario Bros. Pacman

  Baby Luigi Pacman

  Sonic Knuckles Pacman

Fun trivia: Did you know that Pac-Man was actually originally called "Puck Man" and that the name was changed in case any mischievous people vandalized the video game cabinets replacing the "P" with an "F"? I kid you not - you can read it here for yourself: Pac-Man Wikipedia article

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