Friday, November 6, 2015

A Pac-Man Ghost

One of the people at work has a Pac-Man Ghost on her desk.  I think she brought it in as a Halloween decoration but it is still pretty cool.  It lights up and shifts colors every few seconds.
Pac-Man is one of the more well known video games.  I think everyone my age has played it at least once.  At one time, I knew a pattern that would get me through about 60 levels which provided alot of fun for 1 quarter.
Pac-Man was developed by Namco of Japan in 1980.  Later that year, it was exported to the United States.  It took the country by storm and created a TV show, song and a few other things.  The red ghost was named Blinky.  The blue ghost named Inky.  The pink ghost was named Pinky and the orange ghost was named Clyde.
The game itself was fairly simple, it involved a yellow ball with a mouth that looked like a slice of pizza going around and eating dots in a maze.  If you eat the bigger dots, the ghosts will turn blue and then you can eat them.  You get more points if you can eat all them while they are blue.  As the game progresses, it gets faster.  The game ends when you lose your three Pac-Men.
The game also spawned variants:  Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man 3D and a few others.   I liked Ms. Pac-Man but not any of the others.

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