Pac-Man Celebrates 35th Birthday Worldwide
According to ComingSoon, Namco and the rest of the world will be celebrating Pac-Man's 35th birthday in a multitude of ways. The yellow guy will be featured in Adam Sandler's upcoming movie, Pixels, but will be involved in all kinds of events beforehand to celebrate his big three-five. All 75 Dave & Buster's locations in North America will let anyone with a Power Card have a free play on their over-sized, multiplayer Pac-Man Battle Royale arcade game. In Chicago, Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of Pac-Man, will be at Level 257, a special arcade/restaurant made by Namco and inspired by the classic game. A special '80s-themed event will take place this evening at Level 257, where many of the industry's most important people will attend, featuring a free chance to play the game's rumored 255th and 256th levels. At Tokyo Tower in Japan, movie stars Shingo Yanagisawa and Naomi Watanabe will rally and lead a crowd to break a Guinness World Record to make the Largest Human Image of Pac-Man.
“It is hard to believe that 35 years has passed since we created Pac-Man. It has been very exciting to see the world accept him as their own. Like any creator, I wanted to make something lasting, but this has surpassed everything I hoped for," Iwatani said. "I also feel very proud that Pac-Man is playing an important role in Pixels – the visual effects of the giant Pac-Man in New York will be extraordinary, and something that you’ve never seen on film before. My birthday wish is that Pac-Man can continue to make people happy.”
Sony Pictures has posted the following teaser clip from its upcoming movie, Pixels, which features an alien invasion hitting Earth, taking the form of gargantuan-sized versions of retro arcade classics. Watch Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad chase a behemoth Pac-Man through Manhattan in ghost-themed Mini Coopers in the following clip:
Pixels will hit theaters on July 24.