Feeds

Come to Swindon - and play Human Pac-Man

Pill popping, ghost gulping figurehead

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

Saturday 22 May is the 30th anniversary* of Pac-Man, the seminal arcade video game from Namco Games, and the Museum of Computing at Swindon has cooked up three events to celebrate.

Weirdest - or most imaginative - is the "Human Pac-Man", played in a maze constructed for the occasion in Swindon town centre's Wharf Green.

Says the Museum:

Members of the public will be able to control a real-life Pac-Man, trying to avoid the giant ghosts while collecting dots. It’s anyones guess what will happen when Pac-Man grabs a ‘power pill’ and the tables are turned on the ghosts! Participants and onlookers will be able get a bird’s eye view of the action thanks to a video camera feeding Swindon’s twenty-five square metre ‘Big Screen’.

The Big Screen also hosts "one of the largest versions of Pac-Man ever played [You mean there's bigger? - Ed]

At the Museum, gamers can relive their youth, summon up Pavlovian responses, bore their children and so on, by playing Pac-Man on sundry retro games consoles, such as the Nintendo Game Cube, the original Game Boy and Sega Master System. And if they have time after so much excitement, they can check out the dedicated Pac-Man event.

And over to Andy Romain, a Museum volunteer, for this lovely homage:

"Pac-Man - the pill popping, ghost gulping figurehead of a gaming revolution!

"Pac-Man was my first introduction to cocktail cabinet gaming. Sitting with a pint of coke and being drawn into the neon-like maze world of this little yellow iconic character. Then I was thrilled when I was given a Grandstand handheld version of the game."

The revolution may be long gone, but 30 years on and Pac-Man is still going strong - as a popular iPhone game. ®

*Pac-Man was released in Japan in 1980.

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.