This week, it's another deep dive into the olden days of arcade gaming with a look at the biggest arcade franchise of them all: Pac-Man. You whippersnappers today with your "Minecrafts" and your "Angry Birds" can't even begin to imagine how big Pac-Man used to be! But hopefully this episode helps get the point across.
Joining me and Bob for this episode are our very own Jaz Rignall as well as friend of Retronauts Steven Lin. It's all old-timers all the way down, as the subject demands. We all remember well the days of Pac-Man fever, a video game phenomenon so widespread that there was even a radio hit on the subject. On top of that, we recorded this episode just a few days after Jaz conducted his excellent interview with Ms. Pac-Man designer Steve Golson, so sizzling-hot info was fresh on our minds. We cover the full gamut of Pac-Man in this outing, with about half the episode devoted to the original game and its impact/sequels, and the rest dedicated to latter-day Pac-Mania, clones, merchandise, and more.
Steven Lin and Jaz Rignall join up to talk about Namco's all-time classic Pac-Man, as well as its spinoffs, sequels, and merchandizing.
And because all this talk of character designs and merch means nothing without visual aids, forthwith we present (1) Steve's amazing Pac-Man phone and (2) the classic original Namco character design.
Now, go forth and chomp some monsters.