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Namco's Pac-Man 35th anniversary celebration is just sad

On this day in 1980, Pac-Man debuted in Japanese arcades. Now, publisher Bandai Namco has decided to celebrate the arcade classic's 35th anniversary in the most depressing way possible. The company has passed along a note announcing the exi...   read

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Pac-Man's midlife crisis

Pac-Man to show up in unexpected places this year, let's guess where

This year is the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, a fact that will surely make your dad feel old. At a recent event in Las Vegas, Bandai Namco Entertainment said to look for Pac-Man to "show up in unexpected places this year." I've thought...   read

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Pac-Man Google Maps

Google Maps is now a giant game of Pac-Man

I like when companies channel their April Fools' Day creativity into something real as opposed to just announcing a phony product or service that really ought to exist. This year, Google has another fun interactive gag for us with a playabl...   read

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It's probably the 12-year-old in me that digs this new commercial for PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2. Burping with force waves? Cool. Sound effect stand-ins for farts? Love it. The scream-y Ask Ketchum/Naruto voice over narrator? Top...   read


Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign to benefit breast cancer foundation

Namco Bandai has launched its Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign in cooperation with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  They plan to raise awareness through gameplay in their range of mobile titles, with the highlight of the campaig...   read

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Pac-Man CE DX+ is ridiculously good and free to play on Steam until Monday

This week on Steam, you can check out the superb Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ for free as Namco plays the part of a "friendly" drug dealer. The promotion lasts until Monday at 10:00am Pacific and in that time the game and its DLC are 66...   read

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Pac dreams

Miyamoto wanted Pac-Man in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Pac-Man being in the new Super Smash Bros. is pretty wild, but apparently it's been a long time coming. In his column in Weekly Famitsu, series creator Masahiro Sakurai explained that Miyamoto wanted the world's most famous pizza ...   read

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This SDCC Pac-Man figure is the stuff of nightmares

If our attempts at Sonic fanfiction aren't enough to give you nightmares, then perhaps this bizarre Pac-Man figure complete with a segmented tongue can act as today's fuel for the most unsettling sleep of your life. Available for purchase a...   read

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Pac-Man Collection, Pac-Land now available on Wii U

Hot on the heels of the Pac-Man reveal for Super Smash Bros., classic titles featuring Bandai Namco's lovable mascot have popped up on the Wii U eShop. The Game Boy Advance Pac-Man Collection is presently available for $4.89, ...   read

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Pac-Man in Smash!
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Pac-Man confirmed for Super Smash Bros.

During a roundtable presentation at E3 this evening, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed Pac-Man as a playable character in Nintendo's upcoming Wii U and 3DS fighter. The Bandai Namco mascot will be receiving his own stage ...   read

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New pac-Man
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Namco has made another Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

Coming to PS3, 360, Wii U, and 3DS this fall, a sequel to "an emotionless venture that's devoid of any soul or effort." I guess Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, which is based on the new Pac-Man television series, did well enough to war...   read

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Pac-Man Museum

Review: Pac-Man Museum

Let's not beat around the bush here -- with the new Pac-Man Museum compilation, you're getting a bunch of really old games you've most likely played before, a few you probably already own, and Pac-Man Battle Royale. Royale is...   read

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Pac-Man Museum out today for PSN, XBLA, and Steam

Pac-Man Museum, released today on Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade, caught my eye this morning. It was my first time hearing about the game and the $19.99 price stood out. What could a compilation like this possibly include ...   read

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Pac-Man Museum

Pac-Man Museum is a thing, coming in February

Have you somehow not had enough Pac-Man in your life yet? Well Bandai Namco has just the compilation for you, as Pac-Man Museum is set to hit the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC platforms on February 26th (the PS3 gets it on the 25th). Muse...   read

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Namco Bandai

Namco registers One Piece, Naruto, & Short Peace domains

Namco Bandai's European wing recently registered a new set of domains, unearthing eight titles that potentially could see western releases in the not too distant future. The batch includes a domain for a Short Peace game, indicating a possi...   read

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Ghost trains! Pac-Man CE DX+ headed to Steam

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ will arrive on Steam next month. It's a game some of us own already, but one I'll happily buy again now that most of my gaming happens on a PC these days. Really, I just can't be bothered to wait three ...   read

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Videogame cartoons
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So the new Rabbids cartoon premiered today

Today, Nickelodeon launched the latest show on its Saturday morning lineup: Rabbids Invasion. Teased about for years, the new program is about... the Rabbids, and they do... things. Ummmm... yeah, that's basically the gist of it. I happene...   read

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Belch out eyeballs of your foes in latest Pac-Man game

We covered the newly-announced Pac-Man game at E3, and while Brett's assessment wasn't positive, I was shocked most by the belch that Pac-Man lets loose at the end of each stage, from which the eyeballs of his consumed ghostly foes spew for...   read

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Pac-Man preview
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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will make you sad

"I think we have a demographic for it," I was told by a Namco Bandai PR rep. Let me back up -- mere moments earlier, he asked what I thought of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures; I returned his questioning with nothing more than a five-se...   read

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Pac-Man noir
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Pac-Man, the cocky, pinstripe suit-wearing noir hero

A hyper-stylized version of Pac-Man that exaggerates the violence of the rather tame arcade original? Yeah, we've gone down that road before. "Goodnight Sweet Pakman" may be no different in that regard, but I can't stop watching the openin...   read

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is what it sounds like

What makes a Pac-Man game a Pac-Man game? Perhaps I'm overthinking this. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures puts the iconic character in a story built off the animated television series of the same name, which makes a lot of sense having n...   read

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Indie Games

Indie game Munch Face wants your feedback

Aloha from Oahu! Working on an indie game called Munch Face for a 3 month stint in Hawaii, and this morn we're doing a code jam, and this evening a Spam Jam. Spam Jam is a real thing. It's a festival... for Spam... Anyways, our next game is...   read

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Retro animation
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Retro game Post-It stop-motion animation is rad

We've seen Post-It Note stop-motion animation before, but none quite so clean as the above video that reportedly took eleven months and 4,800 Post-Its to make. The stillness of the shots and the transitions between different backgrounds ar...   read

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Game Over, the poster

Game heroes died so that you can have this poster

Did you guys get a chance to check out "The Game Over Tinies" in brentalfloss the comic? Once again, co-writers brentalfloss and Dan Roth and artist Andrew Dobson created an abecedarian comic of videogame character deaths -- characters each...   read

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