Namco’s Pac-Man first hit arcades on May 22, 1980 and was popular enough that it led to the release of the successful Ms. Pac-Man, along with other not-so-popular titles like Jr. Pac-Man and Baby Pac-Man.
Pac-Man, Google style.
Following Google’s somewhat antagonistic stance towards Apple during its Google I/O keynote presentation earlier this week, the fact that game is playable on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad has been suggested to be a jab against Apple by showing the Internet search company can write iPhone OS-compatible apps without going through the App Store. It’s also been seen as a swing at Adobe, too, because Flash wasn’t used to build the game.
What’s more likely, however, is that Google simply used the tools that let it build the Web-based version of the game most efficiently, and the media has been trying to twist the choice into more than it really is.
Sometimes a video game is simply just a video game, and at least for today it doesn’t take a quarter to play.