Happy Birthday! PacMan turns 35

Pac-Man 35 birthday

PacMan for President?  He and Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde are finally old enough as the classic video game PacMan turned 35 years old this month (May 22), earning more than $2.5 billion in quarters in its heyday.  Just the day after The Empire Strikes Back was released, Pong, Space Invaders, and Asteroids were the biggest craze–then outta nowhere PacMan took video games into the stratosphere.

Not long after 1980 you couldn’t look anywhere without seeing PacMan.  Remember the Fleer bubble gum stickers?  They first had the idea for PacMan for President back in 1982.  Who knew we’d still see licensees creating new ways to get nostalgic for the old video game in 2015.

PacMan for President sticker

Okay, PacMan was created in Japan so maybe he couldn’t be President, but let’s not get into that (he’s also made of only pixels, would probably have some kind of running mate like Tron, etc.).

You can still find PacMan merchandise everywhere on the Web, and you can even play PacMan right now for free at various websites.  And no longer do you need to drop quarters or even buy a CD or other game version.

Check out this free online game here for one.  (But beware, you may still be sitting there playing it two hours from now).

And here’s some cool merchandise for PacMan available at Entertainment Earth (click images to find out more at the store website):

A mug…

PacMan mug

A notebook…

PacMan notebook

Even a “Game Over” blanket…

PacMan blanket

Long live PacMan!

Editor’s note: Who didn’t think it was Pac-Man, not PacMan?  Turns out officially there is no hyphen.  Anyone else not see the hyphen in all the merchandise sold over the years and the game itself?  Who knew?

C.J. Bunce

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