Pac-Man | Design Icons

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While a nascent games industry was laser focused on emulating the success of Taito’s Space Invaders, one designer tried to make something completely different - and ended up creating our second design icon: Pac-Man.

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Retro Gamer UK Issue 61 | Retro Gamer

Toru Iwatani, 1986 PacMan Designer | Programmers At Work

Pacman: The Phenomenon | GameSpy

Q&A: Pac-Man Creator Reflects on 30 Years of Dot-Eating | Wired

The Pac-Man Dossier | Gamasutra

Pac-Man Interview with creator Toru Iwatani at GDC 2011 | YouTube

Interview 1 Vol. 1 with Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani |

Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto… | Google Books

Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani | Japan Times

I Am Error… | Google Books

These games inspired Cliff Bleszinski, John Romero, Will Wright, and Sid Meier | Joystiq

GO3: Kojima Talks Metal Gear History, Future | Gamasutra

Learn More

Pac-Man Creator Toru Iwatani Biograph | Pac-Man Museum

Postmortem: Pac-Man, Iwatani's rhapsody in yellow | Gamasutra

The Pac-Man Principle: A User's Guide To Capitalism | Google Books

Toru Iwatani: Pac-Man and the real life of games design | Financial Times

Toru Iwatani - Mechanics of Pac Man | YouTube

Extra Footage

Tokyo Landscapes | Bolo Bellheimer

The Ultimate Early 80s Arcade Tribute | Patrick Scott Patterson

Pinball Machine, 1970s USA | thekinolibrary

80s Japan - Video Arcade | NichiBeiTrader

Happy Birthday Pac-Man: A look at news coverage in 1982 | Patrick Scott Patterson

Professor Toru Iwatani Gamelab Legend Award Interview | Gamereactor

Traffic, Busy Streets, Shibuya Crossing | thekinolibrary

Manhattan, New York 1980 | Mackenzie Rough


1984 Pac-Man Cereal Commercial | xntryk1

Pac-Man Atari commercial compilation | Toy lover

When Pac-Man was King - CBS Evening News | Shatner Method

Music used in this episode

Sun Bleach - Lifeformed (
Various - Lee Rosevere (
Pac-Man Fever - Buckner & Garcia

Wreck-It Ralph © Disney
Tom and Jerry © Warner Bros
Popeye © Turner Entertainment
Little Ghost Q-Taro © TV Asahi
Casper the Friendly Ghost © DreamWorks
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World © Universal Pictures
Pac-Man © Warner Bros