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.

Published by Mathew Kumar, on August 17th, 2010. Filed under: ArticlesNo Comments

Issue Zero Now Available

Launched at the 2010 Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May, exp. issue zero is now available for sale online.

With thirty-six pages entirely written and produced by Mathew Kumar, the issue continues in the same vein as the original minus one issue, featuring several experiential articles considering the games Mathew experienced between the 26th of October, 2009 and the 4th of May, 2010.

In this issue:

– Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (A covert operation)
– Batman: Arkham Asylum (A pointless question leads to a genuine realization)
– Deadly Premonition (A movie guide)
– Retro Game Challenge (An open letter)
– Torchlight (A cut-out-and-keep activity)
– Dark Void Zero (A cross review)
– Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (An interview)
– The Shivah (A hero?)
– exp.ress Mail (An analogue internet)

As with minus one, these articles will NEVER appear online. While supplies last, orders will be fulfilled with the limited first edition produced for sale at TCAF. All issues feature a unique transparent cover design.

Update, June 10th: All first print (TCAF) copies of the first edition are now sold out. First edition, second print copies will begin being dispatched the week after E3.

Buy now: Sold Out

Published by exp. Magazine, on June 7th, 2010. Filed under: News1 Comment


Welcome to exp. Magazine’s new website! Expect (ir)regular updates, not only related to the progress of the magazine, but new content in the style of the magazine (created with the web rather than print in mind.)

While you wait, you can check out our new about and FAQ pages, which will explain everything you could ever know about exp. without having picked up a copy to see it for yourself. That you can do at our new shop.

Published by exp. Magazine, on June 5th, 2010. Filed under: NewsNo Comments