released on May 22, 1980

Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. it is considered one of the classics of the medium, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. The player controls Pac-Man through a maze, eating pac-dots (also called pellets or just dots). When all pac-dots are eaten, Pac-Man is taken to the next stage. Four enemies (Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) roam the maze, trying to catch Pac-Man. If an enemy touches Pac-Man, a life is lost and the Pac-Man itself withers and dies. When all lives have been lost, the game ends. Near the corners of the maze are four larger, flashing dots known as power pellets that provide Pac-Man with the temporary ability to eat the enemies. The enemies turn deep blue, reverse direction and usually move more slowly. When an enemy is eaten, its eyes remain and return to the center box where it is regenerated in its normal color. Blue enemies flash white to signal that they are about to become dangerous again and the length of time for which the enemies remain vulnerable varies from one stage to the next, generally becoming shorter as the game progresses.

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Pacman is such a fucking idiot jesus christ. Who decided to make this stupid yellow fucking circle the protagonist of a game. He never even listens to simple goddamn instructions, he would rather die than fuction according to his intended fucking purpose. There’s a reason he’s piss colored, he’s a fucking giant piss-ball that everyone should hate. Fuck you pac-man

One of the all time classics, and with good reason. It's pac-man, do I really need to explain what this game is? eat dot, get chased by ghost, big dot means you can eat ghost. The concept is addicting but I believe the true reason why this game popped off hard was due to its character. No longer were you shooting aliens in a generic spaceship, you were a character with a name getting chased by other characters with names and even their own personalities. I don't know if this was the first game EVER to do such a thing (probably not), but it was the first to do it and really explode in popularity. The power dynamic flipping whenever you get a power pellet is also a pretty cartoony mechanic in its own right which makes the game just have this cartoonish charm. There's also very basic cutscenes every couple of levels that give a decent break in the action. Pac man is cool, one of the most classic arcade games of all time.

Literal definition of mid. But I could see this being pretty fun with friends.