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Atari National Pac Man Day is April 3rd (1982)!

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Happy National Pac-Man Day!!!! That is right it will soon be National Pac-Man Day! So pop in those quarters, eat M&M's and go beat up some ghosts or order a pizza with one slice missing. Whatever inspires you to Pac!!!!

 

https://www.pinterest.com/arenafoot/national-pac-man-day-april-3/

 

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Here's what Kotaku had to say, kinda snide but never the less:

 

Thirty [three] Years ago today, Atari had the balls to proclaim an entire day, hoping to lift its iconic Pac-Man character alongside the likes of other people who have their own day. Like, you know, Martin Luther King. And Jesus.

The fact it was only celebrated by video game fans and Atari employees for that one year says a lot about their efforts, but hey, you've got to at least commend them for thinking big with their PR.

 

Atari National PAC-MAN Day was minted to celebrate the home console release of the arcade classic. To Atari's credit, they actually put on a bit of a show, holding public events at certain locations with things like competitions and the chance for kids to shake hands with a man dressed in an uncomfortable Pac-Man outfit.

 

Via Kotaku: http://kotaku.com/5898908/today-is-atari-national-pac-man-day-no-seriously-it-is

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Here's what Kotaku had to say, kinda snide but never the less:

 

Thirty [three] Years ago today, Atari had the balls to proclaim an entire day, hoping to lift its iconic Pac-Man character alongside the likes of other people who have their own day. Like, you know, Martin Luther King. And Jesus.

The fact it was only celebrated by video game fans and Atari employees for that one year says a lot about their efforts, but hey, you've got to at least commend them for thinking big with their PR.

 

Atari National PAC-MAN Day was minted to celebrate the home console release of the arcade classic. To Atari's credit, they actually put on a bit of a show, holding public events at certain locations with things like competitions and the chance for kids to shake hands with a man dressed in an uncomfortable Pac-Man outfit.

 

Via Kotaku: http://kotaku.com/5898908/today-is-atari-national-pac-man-day-no-seriously-it-is

 

and there was this one...........

 

http://www.pressthebuttons.com/2010/04/are-you-ready-for-atari-national-pacman-day.html

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Warms the token-filled cockles of my arcader heart to see this.

 

Pac-Man changed the playfield from visual and sound design standpoint when it emerged onto the scene.

That simple, yet effective constant-nibbler avatar, those bright colors in a suave, loungey-chic dark blue maze, that waka...

 

Irrestible then and now.

 

Truly deserving of celebration.

I hope today's fans get to play a cabinet version to get that immersive arcade feel.

 

Nothing beats playing this with an actual mounted joystick.

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Here's some from a local newspaper, proving that the game was indeed available a few weeks earlier.

 

Btw, I'm not sure why this thread is in the Arcade Life section since the whole Pac-Man Day event was about the VCS version :)

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BTW, even though National Pac-Man Day was named by Atari in the early '80s and this is the arcade sub-forum, it may seem that this is off-topic. BUT....Atari DID release the arcade game Pac-Mania in the US, so....there ya have it. :)

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