From THe Forum 179: Share your Pac-Man anecdotes with us

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From THe Forum 179: Share your Pac-Man anecdotes with us

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:15 pm

Tell us your favourite Pac-Man stories. They can concern conversions of the original game, or anything else you fancy.
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Post by NorthWay » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:37 am

I am a hobby programmer and a wannabe games programmer/designer. Been so for >30 years - as it typically is. Pac-Man lost my interest as a game early on, but the "how is that ghost logic" really never left my mind.

So let me tell you a misconception I had about the movement rules: Sometime in my university years I picked up somewhere (probably on NetNews) that the game maze is what is known in CS as a graph, and that the ghosts were really using something similar to a "traveling salesman" algorithm (yes, this is very technical and all, but you asked - and I still find it interesting) where the individual ghosts when coming to a junction would pick the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th shortest path to the last junction the player passed.
This I believed for many years because to me it sounded like a very beautiful solution to a practical problem using the kind of pure CS techniques you are taught that are 50-60 years old (math people feel free to jump in here and tell me how old it really is) and still relevant today. If it would actually work I don't know, but that is left as an exercise to the reader (hah!).

Having read the explanation of how it actually works was a bit of a disappointment (enough so that I can't really remember it in much detail).
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Post by mr jenzie » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:37 pm

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absolutely loved this little fella, played it constantly for nigh on two years until battery replacement failed to make it work, then i butchered it by taking it apart to see how it all worked!

it's in gaming heaven now

OR IS IT
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by the way i do NOT do this to any other handhelds i had nor do i condone any such action
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Post by kiwimike » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:39 pm

I must admit was never a huge fan of pac man or those maze games all that much personally...I preferred a fire button with games.

But totally respected the design genius of the game, and first real breakthrough game character/star and ongoing merchandising! :)

I did enjoy Pac Land a lot more myself, incorporating a different style of gameplay. That said, I still take the Pac games out for the occasional whirl, and enjoy them in short bursts. Never felt the desire to sit down and learn/memorise the patterns.

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Post by ncf1 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:03 pm

I remember first playing the Pacman arcade game and being blown away; it was so *different* to the other arcade games, it felt revolutionary and I desperately wanted to get - and didn't - one of the handhelds that I saw other kids playing. When I found out that my next door neighbour John had Super Taxman on his Apple II, I almost had a stroke from excitement and needless to stay camped out there day and night and ate him out of house and home. Then I realised I could have just copied it and used it on my own Apple II. But when I asked, he refused me a copy, and we still aren't talking to this day.

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Post by fredghostmaster » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:47 am

I remember going to a holiday camp in 1981, looking forward to playing old favourites Space Invaders & Asteroids. When I got there, I found Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Phoenix & Crazy Climber, all new games to me. I didn't know what to play first, gaming heaven!

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Post by mrmessy » Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:33 pm

Pac Man stickers and cards from the early 80s! (Some of the cards were scratch-card mazes). I used to have the Pac and ghost stickers stuck on my clipboard which I used on school trips. Nice! I also still have a copy of the Pac Man board game in my garage. End of anecdote.
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Post by Timothy Redux » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:26 pm

I really didn't get Pac Man a little kid. The object of it seemed odd. I just liked shooting aliens too much.
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Post by Arnie » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:35 pm

I've never played the original arcade version but use to play numerous clones on computers. I have got Pac Mania on the Amiga, a great version of the game with super fast smooth full screen scrolling.

Oh I also have a Pac Man stapler. :)

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Post by Gibberish Driftwood » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:11 pm

Someone should make a reverse Pacman game where you play as one of the ghosts.
The aim of the game would be to catch Pacman Before he eats all the dots.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:23 am

Pac Man Vs? Ok, one player is still Pac, but the others are ghosts.
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Post by Gibberish Driftwood » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:12 pm

Cool, I did not know that such a game already existed.
Gotta get my hands on it.
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Post by smccd » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:00 pm

I was impressed by the richness of the design contrasted with how approachable the game was.

It felt somewhat like you were playing a cartoon.

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Post by merman » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:52 pm

(Psst, this is for issue 179..)
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Post by lavalyte » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:37 am

Pac-man fever put me in hospital for 3 weeks. I almost died.
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