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5 things you never needed to know about Pac-Man (along with coolest 3D drawing ever)




Pac-Man lives forever in this chalk drawing -- well, at least until it rains -- thanks to superstar artist Leon Keer. (Read his bio here; it's amazing.) If you want to see his masterpiece in person, you'll need a plane ticket to Venlo in the Netherlands. (But here are more photos.)

By the way, here are five things that maybe you didn't know about Pac-Man.

  • The name Pac-Man comes from the Japanese slang "paku-paku," a description of the sound the mouth makes when it opens and closes. It'd eventually be called Puck-Man, but was changed to Pac-Man in the U.S. to avoid people trying to cleverly change its name by vandalizing the letter "P."
  • It was released at a Japanese trade show in 1980 along with the soon-to-be-popular game Defender.
  • The game wasn't an instant success; in Japan, where it was born, it failed to inspire gamers who still clamored to play Space Invaders. But it would eventually score $2.5 billion in quarters by the 1990s, making it the one of the highest grossing video games of all time.
  • The maximum possible score of the game's original version is 3,333,360 points. A player in Hollywood, Fla., achieved the feat for the first time in 1999, taking about six hours to reach that score. The top speed record is 3 hours, 41 minutes, and 22 seconds.
  • Everyone knows that the first "sequel" to Pac-Man was Ms. Pac-Man. But "she" wasn't the only one. Other games include Pac-Man Plus, Jr. Pac-Man, Baby Pac-Man and Professor Pac-Man.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:07am]


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