Pacman is 30 years old

Saturday, May 22, is the 30th anniversary of Pacman, and you can play it for the next 48 hours at Just click the “Insert Coin” button once to start a single player game, or click it twice to start a two player game.

Pac-Man (パックマン, Pakkuman?) is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution in the U.S. by Midway, first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. Immensely popular in the United States from its original release to the present day, Pac-Man is universally considered as one of the classics of the medium, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of the 1980s popular culture. Upon its release, the game—and, subsequently, its derivatives—became a social phenomenon that sold a bevy of merchandise and also inspired, among other things, an animated television series and a top-ten hit single. (

Of course you can play Pacman online any day of the week at


  1. Wow, Pacman is actually 30 years old? When I was 16 years old, Pacman became my only passion for a few months after I purchased a book of Pacman patterns by a blackjack wiz named Ken Houston. This book told you how to beat every single screen and how to beat the monsters. All I had to do was memorize the patterns themselves and I was golden.

    It took me about 4 to 6 weeks to memorize all of the patterns and in no time, I was playing one Pacman game for an average of 45 to 60 minutes on one quarter while most of my friends were lucky if they lasted five minutes per game. I even got up to the level where the monsters did NOT turn blue even after eating the big dots. I was also able to beat those screens and the next level after that was a “slowing down” of my Pacman character while the monsters stayed the same speed. The patterns stopped from there and you were pretty much on your own to get through each level. The big prize on those screens was a key that gave you 5,000 points when you ate it, so I was able to clear over 10,000 points on every screen.

    When Midway caught wind of the patterns, they decided to come out with Ms. Pacman and this version was all random. After getting used to the patterns of the original Pacman, I did not like the Ms. Pacman at all. It wasn’t fun at all anymore, but I knew deep down inside that it was fun while it lasted.

  2. Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention that my high score on Pacman with the patterns was a whopping 321,000 points at Six Flags Great Adventure and I was worried that I was going to get locked in the arcade that night in the summer of 1984, but I didn’t care. I just kept on playing and some of the park employees were watching me finish the game.

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