Blast from the Past
Dec 01, 2015 03:09PM
● By Dia
Grab your Swatch watch, your Reeboks and a pocket full of change, and remem- ber the good old days—getting lost in a heated game of Pac-Man without the fear of mom calling you on your cellphone to check up on you. For those of us who can remem- ber crowded arcades filled with the sounds of the “pew, pew, pew” shoot ’em-ups and the “ding, ding, ding” pinball machines, Namco is bringing that 1980s nostalgia to life. The designer of the original Pac-Man arcade video game has created the 30th Anniversary Authentic Pac-Man Arcade Game to take you back in time.
Complete with the original programming, the arcade game recreates the glowing maze, pac-dots, ghosts and the yellow chomping hero himself in exact detail. The crisp 19-inch LCD screen dis- plays Pac-Man and his ghostly enemies, while the four-way joystick and buttons provide authentic control. And no Pac-Man arcade challenge would be complete without the classic “wocka, wocka, wocka” soundtrack, resonating through the inte- grated speakers.
Pac-Man images reminiscent of the 1980s video game era—think neon colors and pixilation— adorn the arcade game cabinet. But there’s no need to hoard your loose change. There is only a decal of a coin door on front—no real slot. Just plug the cord into an AC outlet and you are set. Just make sure you pick the right spot for your memory-lane icon to settle. The 30th Anniversary Authentic Pac- Man Arcade Game is embodied in standard arcade game casing, stands five feet tall and weighs more than 230 pounds. The unit will make a great addi- tion to the family game room. Let Junior and his friends duke it out on the couch using the (insert manufacturer here) console. Leave the real thing to the Baby Boomers.
In addition to Pac-Man, the arcade game is programmed with 12 additional games from the 1980s, including Galaga, Galaxian, Galaga 88, Xevi- ous, Rally-X, Bosconian, Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Pac- Mania, Mappy, Rolling Thunder and Dragon Spirit. While you may be able to find some of these games online or a compilation “family fun night” console video game, nothing beats the blast from the past feeling of an authentic arcade game.
The next time your child asks you to join her for a video game marathon, make it a point first to re- gale her with a tale of big hair and parachute pants. Be sure to start out with the phrase “long ago,” be- cause let’s face it, to her, 30 years ago is ancient.