I remember the first time I visited an arcade waiting in long lines just to try out that one game that gobbled up tons of my cash to grant me oodles of pleasure in the end. And till this date I follow that game religiously so as to keep in touch with the child within me and bring alive the magic that I had lost over the years. It is because of this game that my love for PC video games has increased over the years. That game ladies and gentleman is the ever so popular Pac Man.
That yellow gobbler has always been a very special part of my life as it transferred me to levels upon levels of eating glowing dots and the occasional fruit while running like crazy from those pesky ghosts who tried so hard to keep their territory Pac man free. Mr. Pac man is the best friend I ever had and probably will be for many years to come. In fact I am not alone in this race to befriend Pac man as a lot of people like me wish to have the same friend stand by them to provide them with hours upon hours of uninterrupted fun.
Over the years I have collected loads of Pac man related merchandize and collectibles which has brought me closer to understanding the true pleasures of collecting bliss. Pac Man has created his very own unique pedestal that he stands tall upon away from the rest of the gaming society yet watches over them carefully guiding them. Modern games have all evolved looking at Pac Man and learnt from the influence it has created on the masses. There are many games such as Bioshock or Black Ops that have included Pac man Easter eggs within their games as a nod to this giant classic.
Popular culture has learnt from it and uses and hints at Pac Man imagery from time to time. There are Pac man references wherever you go these days. Huge Billboards feature Pac man imagery, cereal boxes have Pac man toys, images, games and themes attached to them, there are Pac man collectibles waiting to be bought at the nearest shopping mall or store near you. In fact even today Pac man is available to everyone through the internet and can be downloaded from the various barrages of online video games. There are several versions some which require people to pay as others are free video games. Records have been set and broken all based on Pac man such as the Perfect score record.
All this can only point to one fact and that is that Pac Man is a living legend who is here to stay for the long run. It has invaded all our lives and we have welcomed him with open arms. The generations after me will come to love him as I loved him. So every time I feel a bit hungry for a particular cuisine related to eating digital dots, I refer to my playtime friend, guru, teacher, rockstar, legend Pac Man.