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Pac man's been munching his way across our screens since 1980. He's more than a character in a game, he's an icon who remains extremely popular.

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Toru Iwatani, who developed the game in 1979 for Namco, has been all over the web being interviewed about his creation. Can you believe that the original idea for the game was for Pac Man to munch his way around a maze full of dead ends? Wouldn't that have been frustrating in 1980?

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Pac Man's one of very few games that have been produced over three decades. After the first game was released in 1980, a Nintendo Entertainment System version was released in 1984 which was followed by a Game Boy game in 1990.

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Pac Man's one of very few games that have been produced over three decades. After the first game was released in 1980, a Nintendo Entertainment System version was released in 1984 which was followed by a Game Boy game in 1990.

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The 2006 Xbox Live Arcade version brought the game to the attention of gamers nearly 30 years after its original launch, and a Windows Phone 7 version in 2010 has brought it into the current decade.

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Did you know that more than 350,000 arcade units were produced for this game in the 1980s?

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Pac Man 2 was followed by games with titles like Pac-In-Time, Pac-Man World, Pac-Man: Adventures in Time, and a series of games with a female version like Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze and Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness.

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Pac Man 2 was followed by games with titles like Pac-In-Time, Pac-Man World, Pac-Man: Adventures in Time, and a series of games with a female version like Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze and Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness.

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Pac Man became a cartoon character in 1982. The show Pac-Man: The Animated Series ran from 1982 to 1983.

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Pac Man's enemies have changed over the years with the introduction of bosses but the ghost pictured here remains the one we all remember.

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