1980-1981: The Birth of a Legend
1982: Pac-Man Gnaws at Popular Culture
1982: Pac-Man Eats Into Pinball Profits
1983: Friends of Pac-Man Invade
1984-1989: Pac-Popularity Declines
1990-1995: Pac-Man Reborn
1995 -Present: Pac-Man Goes Hi-Techs
Interview With Billy Mitchell
Related Links
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By Doug Trueman

The world was created in six days. On the seventh day there was Pac-Man.

OK, so it's not that extreme. But it does feel that way. Pac-Man goes back further than almost any other game in history. If you've never played Pac-Man (or one of its clones), you'll be hard-pressed to call yourself a "real" gamer. Now that I've insulted scores of video-game addicts around the world, I can sit back, relax, and wait for the flames to pour in.

But seriously, there are those of us who remembered when the bow in Ms. Pac-Man's hair represented a stunning graphical advancement, when having a power pellet suddenly wear off was scarier than a T-rex crashing through a window, and when getting an extra life actually meant something. In honor of the world's first omnivorous pizza, we've created this special feature devoted to the history of Pac-Man.

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Very special thanks to Marshall Stowe, Reverend Shoebox, Chuck Gill, Jeff Morris, Keita Ilda, Walter Day, and last but still first, Billy Mitchell. Be sure to check out their Pac-Man sites in our Related Links section.

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