Pacman 30th Anniversary Celebration

It was 30 years ago that the world was introduced to Pacman, one of the most popular arcade games of all time.

Happy 30th birthday, Pac-Man!

When Namco first released the game in Japan on May 22, 1980, no one could have predicted how iconic Pac-Man would become.

For three decades now, gamers around the world have been captivated by the little yellow dot-chomping hero, and his legacy continues to be celebrated.

To commemorate Pac-Man’s big day, we’re taking a look back at his history and some of his most memorable moments. 

On May 22, 1980, Namco released Pac-Man to arcades in Japan. The game was an instant hit, and soon spread to other parts of the world.  

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic game, here are a few fun facts about Pac-Man. 

How Did Pac-Man Come About?

1. Pac-Man was designed by a young artist named Toru Iwatani. 2. Iwatani got the idea for Pac-Man when he was eating a pizza with some friends. The shape of the pizza matched the outline of a mouth.

1. The name “Pac-Man” is a combination of “pac” (a sound often made when eating) and “man” (since the protagonist is a human).

The iconic yellow character with the big mouth first appeared in arcades, and the rest is history. In honor of Pacman’s 30th anniversary, we have looked at memorable moments in the history.

The iconic yellow creature has been immortalized in dozens of games over the years, but the original Pac-Man is still a classic.