SmithsonianMag has a short piece on the iconic Pac-Man in honor of its 35th Birthday.
The iconic video game Pac-Man turns 35 this month, prompting a flood of nostalgia and reflection about the impetus behind the game’s enduring success.
Released on May 22, 1980, by the Japanese company Namco, Pac-Man was totally different from the top arcade games of the time, writes Chris Kohler for Wired. While Space Invaders, Galaxian and Asteroids focused on shooting things to win, Pac-Man (and later Ms. Pac-Man) went for a different premise: eating. In fact, the game’s name derives from a Japanese slang word, ‘paku-paku’, which means to chomp.