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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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Extra Footage

Tokyo Landscapes | Bolo Bellheimer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BnMi...

The Ultimate Early 80s Arcade Tribute | Patrick Scott Patterson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWevi...

Pinball Machine, 1970s USA | thekinolibrary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzaY6...

80s Japan - Video Arcade | NichiBeiTrader
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yjv3...

Happy Birthday Pac-Man: A look at news coverage in 1982 | Patrick Scott Patterson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O1dY...

Professor Toru Iwatani Gamelab Legend Award Interview | Gamereactor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47g7T...

Traffic, Busy Streets, Shibuya Crossing | thekinolibrary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsSMl...

Manhattan, New York 1980 | Mackenzie Rough
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6blCk...

Buckner & Garcia - Pacman Fever | EDUARDO ANDRES CONTRERAS NOBIZELLI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrwnA...

1984 Pac-Man Cereal Commercial | xntryk1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9cb9...

Pac-Man Atari commercial compilation | Toy lover
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00i4t...

When Pac-Man was King - CBS Evening News | Shatner Method
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6iV1...

Music used in this episode

Sun Bleach - Lifeformed (https://lifeformed.bandcamp.com/album...)
Various - Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com)
Pac-Man Fever - Buckner & Garcia

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World © Universal Pictures
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