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22 May, 1980

Namco released Pac-Man arcade game in Japan on 22nd May 1980. It was designed by Toru Iwatani and programmed by Shigeo Funaki.

Pac-Man would prove to one of the most influential games of all time with the longest running video game franchises.

The game arrived in the United States in October of 1980 which helped it become an icon with the highest brand awareness of any video game character.

The aim of the game is to manoeuvre Pac-Man through a maze, eating all the dots and trying not to get killed by the four “enemies” (the ghosts) – Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyd.