When Was Pac Man Invented?


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Pac-Man was first released in the U.S. by Midway in October of 1980. Pac-Man was the result of an idea developed by Japanese student Toru Iwatani. The original Japanese name for the game was Puck-man.

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Pac-Man first came out as an upright arcade model and as a cocktail table model. In its first year in the U.S., it sold over 100,000 units. After the initial release of Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man was developed in 1981. It included additional features, including moving fruit and multiple mazes. In 1982, Hanna-Barbera produced a Pac-Man cartoon, and Buckner & Garcia produced a song called Pac-Man Fever. Atari released home versions of Pac-Man starting in 1981, and PC and Mac versions became available in 1983.

Additional versions of the game were released during the 1980s, such as Pac-Land, Pac-Mania, Pac-Attack, Pac-In-Time and Pac-Man VR. In 2005, Pac-Man was given the Guinness World Records award as the "Most Successful Coin-Operated Game." In 2010, the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition identified Pac-Man as the Most Recognized Video Game Character.

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