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Description of Pictures: PAC-MAN Arcade
Born on May 22, 1980, PAC-MAN immediately rose to meteoric popularity, first in video game arcades, then on the pop culture stage, and later through an array of branding and entertainment appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s. With a worldwide brand recognition rate of over 90%, PAC-MAN continues to be one of the most recognized images and brands on the planet. Featuring a simple pick-up-and-play yet challenging-to-master gameplay design, PAC-MAN was deliberately designed to buck the trend of arcade games that were commonly focused on attracting male players. Instead, PAC-MAN was created to appeal to both male and female players and to be appropriate for players of all ages. These core design principles contributed to making PAC-MAN the family-friendly character he is today and delivering on his goal of bringing more fun to everyone no matter their gender or age.
Having celebrated his 40th anniversary last year in 2020, PAC-MAN commemorated this milestone anniversary with an array of brand integrations and partnerships including an appearance in Minecraft® through a special DLC package, a new theme song composed by world-renowned Japanese techno artist Ken Ishii entitled “JOIN THE PAC”, and topping the 40th anniversary celebrations with his excited induction in the San Diego Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame.
Today, PAC-MAN continues to entertain and delight his legions of fans, both young and old. He’s currently starring in an array of new games including PAC-MAN 99 and PAC-MAN MEGA TUNNEL BATTLE for home console systems and PC and in PAC-MAN for both iOS and Android mobile devices. PAC-MAN participated in the UN’s Green Game Jam 2021 via his PAC-MAN iOS and Android mobile app where he seeks to influence over 1 million players to be more aware of the environmental challenges we face and to support a petition urging world leaders to protect forests as a key line of defense against climate change.
The future for PAC-MAN is truly bright as he continues to deliver fun and entertainment to an ever growing number of fans of all ages through more games and products.
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CCMPAC_220719_21.JPG: From the Original PAC-MAN Final Game Design Documents
CCMPAC_220719_26.JPG: Ghosts design
CCMPAC_220719_31.JPG: Earky PAC-MAN game over design
CCMPAC_220719_34.JPG: After inserting coin screen design
CCMPAC_220719_40.JPG: Difficulty setting
CCMPAC_220719_43.JPG: Early game design
CCMPAC_220719_46.JPG: Early character design
CCMPAC_220719_48.JPG: Ghost's appearance timing
CCMPAC_220719_51.JPG: Front page of the game design document
CCMPAC_220719_53.JPG: Speed setting
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Wikipedia Description: Comic-Con Museum
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The Comic-Con Museum is a museum dedicated to comics and popular arts located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. The museum is a part of the San Diego Comic-Con International.
The Comic-Con Museum is a year round experience dedicated to comics and popular arts, similar to the annual Comic-Con International convention. The Comic-Con Museum replaced the former San Diego Hall of Champions Museum, located in Balboa Park. The building was offered to Comic-Con by the City of San Diego in March of 2017. Comic-Con Museum plans to amplify pop culture, having rotating exhibits, galleries, education centers, etc. The museum opened in summer of 2021 and will be completed in phases until the year 2024. Many popular characters have been featured at the museum's exhibitions including Batman, Wonder Woman, Pac-Man, and Spider-Man. Although there is no specific criteria for which characters or series get chosen, the museum chooses their exhibits based around all forms of art such as film, written word, original art, scripts and much more.
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