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This Date in Gaming History: Waka Waka Waka



Today's look at gaming's past takes us back to a simpler time. A much simpler time. 1982, to be exact.

On November 11, 1982, Pac-Man was released for the PC. The game, which ran on MS-DOS systems (Hey, you young whippersnappers that don't know what that is. Just look it up.), was contained on a blue colored floppy disk and featured all the action from the game's arcade version.

Gamers of the 1980s loved their Pac-Man. A fairly simple concept is at the heart of the game: Navigate a maze, collect all the Pac-Dots and avoid the Ghosts. To date, there are arguably few video game villains as daunting as the foursome of Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde who, with a single touch, can end the Pac's quest to escape the maze.

Pac-Man correctly receives a lot of credit for revolutionizing the gaming industry after becoming one of the most popular arcade games of all time. In a way, even eSports owes its existence to the competitions that Namco's pet creation spawned.

In 2013, David Rice set the current Pac-Man completion record, finishing the game with a perfect score of 3, 333,360 points. He did so in a time of 3 hours, 28 minutes. You can watch a portion of the video of his feat below.


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