Pac-Man was released by Namco today in history on May 22,1980. The goal of this arcade game was to gobble up white dots and fruits in a maze-like setting while dodging four dangerous, brightly colored ghosts. Here are a few other fun facts on all things Pac-Man:
- The novelty music single "Pac-Man Fever", created by Atlanta-based duo Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia, debuted on January 30, 1982. It spent fourteen weeks in the top 40, and its highest charted position was number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.
- Pac-Man was originally developed in Japan.
- The name Pac-Man comes from the Japanese word pahu, which means "to eat".
- Billy Mitchell was the first person to get a perfect score of 3,333,360 points on July 3, 1999 at the Funspot Family Fun Center in New Hampshire.
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