Pac-Man redux

It’s been a month since Google celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the video game Pac-Man.

According Google VP Marrisa Mayer, Google was “overwhelmed” but “not surprised” with its success.

So, due to the great demand, access to the interactive Pac-Man doodle is now permanent and can be accessed at:

1) To begin a game, click the “Insert Coin” button, it’s located where the “I’m Feeling Lucky Button” is found. If you want to play with two people, click the “Insert Coin” button twice. Additionally when two players decide to go at it, Ms. Pac-Man joins the fun.
2) Want to / Need to mute Pac-Man’s sounds? No problem. A mute button is located in the lower left corner of the game. Click to toggle it on, click again to toggle it off.
3) From the Google blog, “Pac-Man is controlled with arrow keys or by clicking on the maze, Ms. PAC-MAN using the WASD keys.


Pac-Man anniversary

Google offers a free online Pac-Man game to celebrate the game’s 30th anniversary.  To play Pac-Man on the Google home page, click “Insert Coin” and when the word “Ready!” appears, use the arrow keys to control your Pac-Man.  Only hurry! The interactive game is posted through Sunday May 23rd only.

Table top Pac-Man game

It’s hard to believe Pac-Man turns 30 today, and while it wasn’t my first video game (that honor goes to Pong), Pac-Man still holds a special place in my heart.

My wife and I played Pac-Man in video game arcades, on our Atari 2600 video game console, and on the table top version I gave her as a gift.  And yes, both games are stored safely away in my bedroom closet.  And they still work!

Care to share your video game memories with us? I recall riding my bike with my high school buddy to Long Island’s Roosevelt Field Mall to play the only Pong game in Nassau County.  We poured quarters into that machine, playing for hours.  At that time in the 1970s the mall had enclosed walkways connecting the stores.  It was usually deserted on Saturday mornings in the summer.

Pac-Man links:
Google Celebrates Pac-Man’s 30th Birthday with an Awesome Playable Google Doodle from Geekosystem
Celebrating PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday from The Official Google Blog

Atari 2600



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