I didn’t realize it until now, but we’re about to run up on 1,000 Followers very soon.
If you weren’t aware, August 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the arcade version of Pac-Land!
To celebrate, here’s the rare Pac-Land board game, which was released shortly after Pac-Land’s arcade release.
One of my personal favorites from the Namco Museum Vol. 1. This played in the Bosconian arcade room.
Due to Namco Museum Vol. 1 using the Redbook audio format, many of the game’s tracks can be heard on a normal CD player.
For the weekend of May 21–23, 2010, Google changed the Google logo on its homepage to a Google Doodle featuring a playable version of Pac-Man, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the game’s release. The game featured the ability to play both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man simultaneously.
Companies across the world experienced slight drops in productivity due to the game, estimated to be valued at the time as $120,000,000 (approximately €95,400,000; £83,000,000). In total, the game devoured around 4.8 million hours of work productivity that day, and some organizations even temporarily blocked Google’s website from workplace computers on the Friday it was uploaded.
Because of the popularity of the Pac-Man doodle, Google decided to allow access to the game through a separate web page, where it remains to this day.
Aladdin’s Castle, one of several amusement arcade brands used by Namco Cybertainment. The Aladdin’s Castle brand was purchased by Namco in 1993, and many of them went on to become rebranded. Today, very few Aladdin’s Castle arcades exist in their original form.