5 Fun Facts About Pac-Man That You Probably Didn't Know

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Pac-man just recently turned 35. Immensely popular from its original release to the present day, Pac-Man is considered one of the classics of the medium, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. Here are 5 facts of the popular Pac-man.


1
While having a dinner, a programmer named Toru Iwatani was searching for inspiration for a game character. He saw a pizza pie with a slice missing and the Pac-man was born

2
The game was originally called Puckman, derived from the Japanese phrase pakupaku, which describes the motion of eating or munching. When Bally/Midway brought the game to America, they had to change it to Pac-man.

3
Pac-man is the best selling video game in history

4
Pac-man travels 20% faster in areas where the dots have been eaten

5
Atari passed up the rights to the game Pac-Man, claiming it was too simple