Museum´s PAC-MAN Wallpaper

Some have asked for – here it is: Our background picture as wallpaper for your computer. You can download it in 3 different sizes.

  • 1600 x 1200 pixel
  • 1280 x 1024 pixel
  • 1024 x 768 pixel

Pac-Man at 30: An iPad Comeback? goes on sale for $4.99

The arcade icon hits 30 this year – but he isn’t planning to give up his rat-race life anytime soon.

Namco Bandai, the company behind the character, is planning a number of new Pac-Man game releases to coincide with the anniversary. The first big one will become available Saturday – when an iPad version of the game goes on sale for $4.99.

The company is also planning to bring back the community element that was such a big part of the game’s early success. When Pac-Man was an arcade standard, the machines were more of a social gathering place than the office water cooler. People congregated to play or just watch others navigate the maze. And outside of the mall, it was a sure-fire conversation starter.

But as the gaming world moved into the living room (and later onto the mobile device), Pac-Man became more insular. Namco Bandai hopes to revise the social aspect by adding a global leaderboard (allowing people to once again compete for high scores) and a virtual lobby, where fans of the game can chat to coming versions of the game.

Other anniversary plans are still under wraps and will be announced at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

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Pac Man Museum opens! 

It’s been 29 years since Pac-Man was unleashed on an unsuspecting world, and is there to celebrate. The museum opened its virtual doors at to celebrate the 29th anniversary of Pac-Man! Along with a detailed history of the game and all of its various incarnations, the site includes some interviews with inventor Toru Iwatani and a growing collection of vintage Pac-Man collectibles. And, to get you in the mood, some Pac Man factoids!

When 27 year old Japanese Games designer Toru Iwatani hungrily stared into his pizza box, he removed a slice of pizza, and the idea for Pac Man, one of the greatest arcade games ever, was born. Pac-Man was first released in Japan on May 22, 1980 and soon became a household name. The game immediately captured the hearts and imaginations of the public like no other game before it, and few since. It is still regarded as the hallmark of the ‘golden age’ of video games.

Developed by Namco Ltd, the original Japanese release was called “Puckman” but that name was considered vulnerable to vandalism (imagine scratching off part of the letter ‘P’) and so was changed to ‘Pac-Man’. The name is derived from the Japanese slang term ‘paku-paku’, which describes the motion of the mouth opening and closing during eating and translates in English as ‘to eat’.

Thanks to jrhunt for promoting the museum.

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El museo del mítico Pac Man abre sus puertas

Y lo mejor de todo que para visitarlo no se tienen que mover de su PC! Es un museo virtual, una página web dedicada al ya mítico personaje de los VideoJuegos, el Sr. Pac Man. Hace ya 29 años que este simpático amiguito de pixels fue creado, por un Japones en aquel entonces de 27 años, Toru Iwatani.

Sabe como se le ocurrio la idea? Simple… estaba muerto de hambre, entre sus largas sesiones de diseño de juegos, se pidio una pizza, agarro el primer pedazo, y ahi quedo la forma del Pac Man en, una pizza incompleta, sin un triangulo, que ya se lo habia comido. De ahi surgió un ícono cultural de los 80.

En el sitio hay de todo sobre el Pac Man, coleccionables, entrevistas al creador, artículos a la venta en E-bay, maquinitas originales, disfrazes, en fin, todo lo que se les pueda ocurrir. Para explorarlo con tiempo, el museo del Pac Man en la web.

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Take a stroll through the virtual Pac-Man museum

Not many video games have enough material created around them to garner the attention needed for a museum type display but Pac Man certainly has and that has led to the creation of an online Pac-Man museum. The site is not endorsed by Namco but if anyone would ever put an actual Pac-Man exhibit to go to, the person who runs this site would be the one to talk to about it. They look at the many Pac-Man collectibles that you can find out there, cover the game’s history and provide a great source for buying everything Pac-Man related. check it out at the link below.

Thanks to Shaggy for promoting the museum!

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We made it to the link section and hope for more 😉

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Thanks to Kai Lunkeit for the promotion.

Passend zum 29. Geburtstag des gelben Pillenmampfers hat unter das gleichnamige Museum seine virtuellen Pforten geöffnet. Neben einer umfangreichen Historie und laufend aktualisierten News rund um das Thema Pac-Man bietet die Seite auch noch Links zu laufenden Pac-Man eBay-Auktionen sowie Bilder zu Kuriositäten wie Pac-Man-Plüschtieren, Pac-Man-Brotdosen und anderem. Ein Shop ist ebenfalls bereits geplant.

Pac-Man Museum open to the public!

Welcome to Pac-Man Museum – open to the public since 22th of May 2009 to commemorate the 29th birthday of Pac-Man. Any informations, inputs, contributions or anything related to Pac-Man will be greatly appreciated – please contact us.

When Toru Iwatani hungrily stared into his pizza box, he removed a slice of pizza and the idea for one of the greatest arcade games was born. At 27 years, the japanese game designer came up with the idea for Pac-Man – a game that became legend, and spawned numerous sequals and clones.

Mike Matei

Hey there, I'm Mike Matei, the brains behind, a blog entirely dedicated to the iconic Pac-Man game. As a lifelong fan and geek of classic arcade gaming, I've poured my passion into creating a virtual museum celebrating everything Pac-Man. E-mail / Linkedin