Ever since Atari National Pac-Man Day on April 3rd, I've been unable to put Pac-Man down. Ms. Pac-Man on Atari 2600 actually. I love this game so much. I’ve been playing it every day!
I'm used to Ms. Pac-Man on Atari 7800. Playing the 2600 version so much has really made me go back and appreciate what they were able to do with the 2600. It’s amazing really. The 2600 was designed to do Tank and Pong and that’s it, anything else was gravy. And yet they were able to put out these games with incredible play value that keep sucking me back in. I can’t put the game down! Could Pac-Man Fever be a real thing?
Life is busy. I have a lot going on right now and my free time should be committed to working on the site upgrade. But Ms. Pac-Man keeps calling my name! When I’m not playing the game, I want to be playing it. Sometimes I’ll start running mazes in my mind, or wake up late at night with a serious urge to get up and play just one more round. It’s not competitive drive, or a need to achieve a new high score. It feels like has its own “momentum”, I start playing the game and it exercises my mind in a way that makes me want to come back. It feels addictive.
So… Is “Pac-Man Fever” real? Here are two ways of looking at the question:
- Have you experienced anything that would make you think “Pac-Man Fever” is a real thing?
- Have there ever been clinical, fact-based studies, or empirical evidence establishing “Pac-Man Fever” and its affects as real?
I posed this question to our Instagram audience over the weekend. With over 100 votes cast 85% of participants said Pac-Man Fever is real