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How Pac-Man won the 80s

Phil Edwards | April 2, 2024
How Pac-Man won the 80s


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  1. @sgolson

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    00:08:28 Well, I suppose you might call me a "co-founder" of GCC, only because I was involved from the very beginning.

    To be clear, GCC started as a partnership between Doug Macrae and Kevin Curran. They put up all the money, and took all the risks! Kevin and Doug are really the two founders of General Computer.

  2. @brianmiller1891

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    I remember my dad coming home with an Odyssey system he bought, because it was cheaper than an Atari. It came with Pickax Pete (a donkey Kong knock-off) and CK Munchkin. The cool thing about Ck is that you could create your own mazes. Nattily the first thing I did was build a maze that locked all the ghost in a box so I could just eat all the dots I wanted….I have been discovering life hacks ever sense. It was not long before the shine on that Odyssey rubbed off (along with the letters the system’s built in keyboard) and dad had to buy a real Atari.

  3. @joeybaseball7352

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    You should do a video on coupons. Particularly when did coupons become so useless. It used to be buy one get one free, now it's buy 4, get one half off. And there's so many exclusions with merchandise can used with coupons, that it all just seems so pointless. CVS gives the best coupons. They will often give 40% one item. However CVS also marks up all their merchandise 40%, so you actually need the coupon, just so you can end up paying regular price. I think a lot of it has to do with the extreme couponing shows, where stores ended up owing money back to someone who got $450 worth of groceries. That's when they started the whole, no cash value exclusions with coupons.

  4. @appliedengineering4001

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    How may of you think that the name "Pac-Man" just sounds cool? Fun Fact, did you know that "Pac-Man" was originally called "Puck-Man" as in a hockey puck, makes sense because he's a round character. But when Midway licensed the game for sale here in the US. They wanted the name changed because they were worried that vandals would scratch the arch off the "P" and turn it into an "F". Not only did Midway have the name changed. But they went as far as sending out false copyright infringement notices to arcade owners, threatening to sue them if they had a Puck-man machine in their arcade. Midway put quite an effort in to make sure that no one here in the US ever knew what Pac-man original name was. Which is all the better since the name Pac-man sounds a whole lot better anyways.

  5. @dallase1

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    The KC Munchkin law suit was not a Victory but a proof of how greedy Atari and Midway were, there is Nothing wrong with copying a concept of a video game, KC Munchkin posed no threat to Atari or Midways success in staying profitable and in business. It's Magnavox that was wronged and was harmed with profit losses. KC Munchkin was different enough to not be a Pac Man Rip Off, the dots and moved and the walls of the maze changed positions, also KC looked different than Pac Man, he was blue and had antennas on his head so he was more of a Space Alien. If anything was bad about KC Munchkin it was what was bad about most Odyssey 2 games is you only got 1 guy. Professor Pac Man was Cool. If any Pac Man game sucked, it was Baby Pac Man with it's horrible primitive graphics and way to hard game play where you only got one chance to clear the maze once you got the hard to obtain ability to play the video game part of Baby Pac Man.

  6. @NickRaven

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    Question for you: how do you maintain the momentum and the top-level brain to be able to do these videos regularly and then your stuff for Vox without feeling creatively drained? How do you find the time and energy to do it when they can both be very intensive, creatively and production-wise, and not feel like you're burning out?

  7. @pohldriver

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    About 1985 the laundromat my mom went to replaced the pinball machine with a Pac-Man. I remember my mom was irritated because she would play the pinball, but she eventually started playing it because there was nothing else to do. I was three, so i wasn't allowed to touch it, but i wanted to play. There was an arcade at the mall, and the pinball machines quickly gave way to video games…before long the arcade went away. Heck, they recently ripped the whole mall away.

  8. @MrBallerinakaka

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    Fun Fact: Pac-Man Is First Video Game Superstar/Mascot! (To Bandai Namco) Before 1980 Fewer Video Game Companies Didn't Know How To Make A Mascots. So We Should Thank Namco For Pioneering Video Game Mascots!

  9. @SnowyNightFlyer

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    In 1981, the sounds of Pac-Man was the first thing you heard when you walked into an arcade or bowling alley. The intro music, the waka-waka, the gulping, that woo-woo siren sound…it all cut through the cacophony of the other video games and the pinball machine bumpers and bells.

  10. @Jhossack

    April 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    Recent subscriber, really love the fun, low key, clear, verified educational material. Your style is so right for me. Also you be an info floppeur.

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