Pac-Man is a Japanese arcade game developed by Namco (now Namco Bandai) and licensed for distribution in the U.S.
by Midway, first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. Immensely popular in the United States from its original
release to the present day, Pac-Man is universally considered as one of the classics of the medium, virtually
synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. Upon its release, the game became a social
phenomenon that sold a bevy of merchandise and also inspired, among other things, an animated television series,
and Buckner & Garcia's single "Pac-Man Fever," which in the first half of 1982 became a #9, million-selling pop single.
When Pac-Man was released, most arcade video games in North America were primarily space shooters such as Space Invaders,
Defender, or Asteroids. The most visible minority were sports games that were mostly derivative of Pong. Pac-Man succeeded
by creating a new genre and appealing to both males and females.Pac-Man is often credited with being a landmark in video
game history, and is among the most famous arcade games of all time.