Ah yes, the quintessential classic game for those who just can't get enough of the past. Not to mention ghosts, fruit and little yellow circle chomping everything in sight. What can you say about Pac Man except itís a classic? Remember when and where you were the first time you saw it? Or even played it. It was heaven to see it and Iím sure that most, like me, were enthralled with it when it first came out. I remember the first time I played it in the arcade with my friends.
It was insane, I bet we spent all day and all of our money just on it alone. Just to see who could get the highest score no less.
By todayís standards, the graphics, sounds, game-play and interactivity wouldn't even grade a one on a scale of one to ten, but as far as nostalgia is concerned its definitely a ten in my book. I am a sucker for the classics and it doesnít get much more classic than this one. I wish I could make everyone see the relevancy of these games and how they impacted the future of gaming. Sure they were simple, but there is definitely beauty in simplicity.
Itís the same for the others, like pole position and spin-offs
like Ms Pac man. I remember the patterns everyone used to memorize for this game and subsequent other ones. I remember sitting down four hours and trying to memorize it myself, but always ending up screwing up one way or another and getting beat. My oldest friend was probably the best at it. I would sit and watch him get high score after high score on this one as well as other titles in the arcade.
I was never quite good enough at it myself but I tried my best. The music, for its time was quite good, although funny as sin now, you have to admit that it was a pleasure to listen to in its day. The controls, while simple by todayís standards, and there it is again, beauty in its simplicity. However simple the controls were, they were fun and frivolous and entirely functional, and easily understood by everyone involved. In, conclusion, I enjoyed the game very much then, not so much now, but it is definitely still fun and frivolous. Not to mention that it has a charm that many games just don't have anymore.
I enjoyed playing, and rediscovering it for the second time.