The other day on Facebook I was sent a link by the Retroist’s own Gary Burton to this short but interesting interview with Billy Mitchell from Great Big Story. Mitchell not only discusses what it felt like to be the first Player to obtain a perfect game (achieving 3,333,360 points) but also goes into a little detail of the difficulty of achieving such a feat and the acclaim that went with it.
Images courtesy of Great Big Story.
The interview looks to me to have been filmed in one of the King of Kong arcades but I’m not sure about that nor why there is so much video of Mitchell playing Ms. Pac-Man while talking about the original Pac-Man game – however the champion certainly shows some means skills which only stands to reason and a pretty sweet trick during the interview.
[Via] Great Big Story
In the February 1983 issue of Video Games you could have seen what games were worthy of keeping your eye out for as well as articles on the Atari 5200, the Games Network (playing games through a cable provider), Super Pac-Man, and even an interview with the legendary Ralph H. Baer.
It is the second interview in the magazine that interested me more in my youth, when Sue Adamo sat down to chat with Marty Ingels on his role as the titular Pac-Man from the Hanna-Barbera Saturday Morning series that ran on ABC from September 1982 until November of 1983. Ingels was well known for being married to The Partridge Family’s Shirley Jackson and being the voice of Beegle Beagle from The Great Grape Ape Show as well as being the voice of Autocat from Motormouse and Autocat.
He was also a talent agent which is how he landed the gig for providing the voice for Pac-Man…because originally he was trying to get in touch with 20th Century Fox by phone for his client Robert Culp (The Greatest American Hero)!
So grab your favorite beverage and take a moment to read that 1983 interview from Video Games magazine.
Here is that second page.
Now that you know some of the behind the scenes events that landed Marty the role, why not take 12 minutes out of your busy schedule and watch The Greatest Show In Pac-Land!
[Via] Denzel Crocker
When it comes to music inspired by Golden Age of the arcades the only one in my youth that I was really aware of was Buckner and Garcia’s 1982 classic Pac-Man Fever.
Just a few days ago though I was introduced to a new one, at least for me, from a performer named Uncle Vic (Nice name) with “Space Invaders”.
[Via] Off The Charts 365
Image courtesy of The Golden Age Arcade Historian Blog.
Doing a little research led me to the awesome The Golden Age Arcade Historian
, not only finding that awesome photo of Uncle Vic himself but explaining that the musician who was born Victor Earl Blecman got the idea for a song about Space Invaders when in 1980 at a show he was performing at his own night club, he kept losing the attention of the audience to the Space Invaders machine in the back of the club.
Claiming he wrote the song in about 30 minutes in his bathroom, Space Invaders it seems caught on thanks in no small part to the delightful Dr. Demento radio show. Although that isn’t the only arcade game related song that Uncle Vic produced, he also had 1981’s “It Won’t Beat Me” which was inspired by Pac-Man!
[Via] Vicarious Rips
Looks like Pac-Man needs a pocketful of plumbers!
During a recent trip to a local antique mall I found this little stash of metal lunch boxes. Of course, I had to investigate.
There were a few good ones there — the Indiana Jones, the Six Million Dollar Man, and He-Man ones caught my eye. Unfortunately they were all in the $20 range, had rust, and were missing their Thermoses. The ones on the other side of the aisle (Pac-Man and Rambo) had no rust and included their Thermoses, but were $50 each. I already own the Pac-Man and Rambo lunch boxes, but even if I did, $50 is too much for me.
I never understood the appeal of those generic lunch boxes, like the ones here with the girl on the side. What kid wouldn’t prefer having lunch with an officially licensed lunch partner?
I’ve recently become obsessed about a certain blue hedgehog from my days as a Sega junkie. I was a big fan of Nintendo in the late 80’s and early 90’s but Sega managed to sway me (for a time) with the introduction of the Sega Megadrive (Genesis to most of you) and their cool new mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog.
I was brought up on NES classics in the Mario, Zelda and Metroid franchises and initially had no interest in this new speedy upstart. That all changed when my neighbour found a shiny black machine under his Christmas tree and invited me to witness it. Sonic was a revelation – superbly presented, amazingly fast and packing a punch with both its visuals and audio, I was hooked and would spend hour after hour playing through that first game. I bought into the Megadrive at the earliest opportunity and, for a time, turned by back on Nintendo. The Super Nintendo did eventually take pride of place in my bedroom, but not before I’d mastered two more Sonic games and numerous other titles.
I’ll be posting more about Sonic over the coming weeks, just to get it out of my system, but in the meantime, here are some wonderful typography posters by artist Kody Christian, headed up my Sega’s supersonic hedgehog.
Check out the artist dA gallery for more, including Pokemon, Halo, Mega Man and Donkey Kong.
If you like Pac-Man and Star Wars, then this design by artist Sergei Usatov was created for you. I think the Storm Trooper works best as a ghost, there is just something about that shiny white helmet that yells ‘scary’ to me.
I’d love to see these as sprites in a game. I’m amazed that an official tie-in hasn’t happened already!
Image courtesy of Instructables.
You never quite know what you’ll find waiting for you when you use your internet search these days, I happened to type in Pac-Man and the first thing that popped up was for this awesome Pac-Man inspired squirrel feeder over at Instructables
The creator of this piece of art goes by the name of The Papier Boy and included this text with the image you see above:
“The squirrels in my back yard have been asking me for entertainment for years. They are so jealous of the bird’s air hockey table. So I thought they might like a vintage arcade machine. But the ones I found on Craigslist were really expensive. Especially for a bunch of squirrels that probably won’t take care of it anyway.
So I decided to build them one. Most of the squirrels in my neighborhood are children of the 1980’s so I figured they would love something that would remind them of their youth. Pac Man would be perfect! I mean, who doesn’t love Pac Man? It’s a classic.”
Better yet we have this video of it in action.