Defined my childhood: console video games

Defined my Childhood: Pac-Man (ATARI 2600)

Continuing my exploration into the home console video games that Defined My Childhood, starting in chronological order with my ATARI 800 & 2600, I dedicate this post to Pac-Man on the ATARI 2600.

Pac-Man (ATARI 2600)

Who born post-1980 hasn’t been fascinated with Pac-Man at one point or another?  Hell, who born post-1970?  Granted the Pac-Man port to the ATARI 2600 was pretty much not a good idea on a plethora of levels given that ATARI completely overestimated demand by a 7 million & the 2600 didn’t have enough memory to support the game, causing the distinctive flicker of the ghosts (seen in the video above).  But as a child, I didn’t know the difference nor did it make much to me. I remember falling in love with Pac-Man & playing innumerable times.  How I managed to do that without it going into an epileptic seizure from the flickering (see video inserted above), I have no idea.

Pac-Man definitely faired better on other platforms & continues to find success in version after version, no matter the platform.  The arcade version remains one of the most memorable & still relevant games of all time.  Two years ago, I came across Pac-Man Battle Royale in a Hong Kong arcade.    Pac-Man Battle Royale four player arcade game

This past week, Google even placed a playable version of Pac-Man superimposed on actual roads in Google Maps.  Pac-Man is burned into our society’s core, especially Western society.


Do you have any memorable Pac-Man experiences?

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