Illustration Friday: 1980's Pac-man
Pac-man got the idea from Toru Iwatani by seaching for inspiration for a game character as a pizza with a slice missing from it. Toru wanted to create a game with mass appeal beyond the realms of the juvenile delinquent brigade. He wanted his game to appeal to children and women. The character was to be almost cartoon like with bright colors. Originally the game was christened Puckman, from the phrase pakupaku, which means to flap one's mouth open and close. The game was a massive hit in Japan almost instantly. Bally/Midway decided to bring the game to America. The deal with Namco was done, but one request was made. A name was change. So Pac-man came into being. The game was not complicated, but back in the 1980's it brought up some challenges for the designers. It took 15 months with 8 people working on it, but their perseverance was rewarded when within the first year over 100,000 machines were sold. Today the game is the best selling video game in history.