The original Arcade machine
Manufacturer: Midway Year: 1980 Class: Wide Release Genre: Labyrinth/Maze Type: Videogame Monitor: Orientation: Vertical Type: Raster: Standard Resolution CRT: Color Conversion Class: Namco Galaxian Number of Simultaneous Players: 1 Maximum number of Players: 2 Gameplay: Alternating Control Panel Layout: Single Player Sound: Amplified Mono (one channel)
Introduced by Namco and licensed to manufacture by Midway Games, Inc. in 1980, Pacman quickly became one of the worlds best known most loved icons ever. Pacman is a simplistic video games in which you use a 4 way joystick to maneuver around a simple maze eating dots and avoiding the 4 monsters within the maze. You move around to eat all the dots in order to clear the maze. Each new maze gets faster and faster until you get caught (and you will sooner or later) by the monsters. Your goal is to just get as far as possible to gain the most score.
By 1982 The little yellow man, touched off one of the biggest marketing campaigns in history. We soon saw Pacman phones, keychains, and even superbowl half time specials. No character was more recognized thought the world even today. It is estimated that there were some 250 to 300 thousand plus machines manufactured, with more then 100 thousand of them in the United States. In fact to this day, there are still Pacman machines in a lot of your local arcades, and a lot of people collect restored Pacman machines in their home now. Along with it's tremendous success, came a flood of clones, sequels, versions, and bootlegs. Plus the Internet has fueled Pacman online, MAME Pacman, Java Pacman, and even maze editors played out all on your home PC now. How does such a game last so long though year after year? One word.. Simplicity.
Pacman World Record
On July 3, 1999 at 4:45 P.M., taking nearly six hours to accomplish the feat -- on one quarter -- Billy Mitchell, 33, a Fort Lauderdale hot sauce manufacturer visiting the famous Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, NH, scored 3,333,360 points -- the maximum possible points allowed by the game. The results will go into next yearÆs edition of the Twin GalaxiesÆ Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records -- which is the official record book for the world of video game and pinball playing. 
Pacman - The movie
watch the trailer here or @youtube
pacman / Frugalware
pacman is also the package management tool in the Frugalware Linux distribution.
pacman - "A simple tar.gz-based package manager for Linux
pacman is Copyright (c) 2002-2006 Judd Vinet <firstname.lastname@example.org> and is licensed through the GNU General Public License.