Although Pac-Man’s official “birthday” lies on May 22nd, Namco Bandai decided to hold an exclusive “birthday party” for the yellow dot-eater in Los Angeles on June 15th, the first night of the Electronics Entertainment Expo.
During the evening, everyone at the party was asked to watch the following video, a summary of Pac-Man’s history. With jazzy background music, awkward narration and a near-random selection of Pac-Man facts, it was my favourite video of E3, and while a deluge of trailers flooded the internet in the days during and after the expo, this wasn’t one of them.
As a result, I got in touch with Namco Bandai in the hope that they’d let me share it with the world, which, thanks to the work of Reory Howard, I now can–exclusive, in fact, to exp. Magazine. It probably loses some of its charm removed from the context of Pac-Man’s birthday party (which did, in fact, count Mr. and Ms. Pac-Man in attendance) but it still brings a smile to my face.
Pac-Man is an arcade game developed and published by Namco (now Namco Bandai Games.) You can still find Pac-Man arcade machines in the wild, but it’s also been ported to almost every video game system ever. The version available on iTunes is generally considered perfectly acceptable, despite being priced $4.99.