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Pac-Man turns 35

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Pac-Man is 35 years old. (CNN/Namco/Midway photo) Pac-Man is 35 years old. (CNN/Namco/Midway photo)

He has adorned cereal boxes, t-shirts and bed sheets. He's been the star of a Saturday morning cartoon program and appeared on virtually every gaming platform ever.

He's always hungry and on Friday, he turned 35 years old.

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1980, Pac-Man was originally named Puck-Man after the Japanese sound paku, which means chomp.

Given its closeness to a certain four-letter English word, however, a lot of arcade operators at the time were a little worried. So Pac-Man came to be.

Within 15 months of its U.S. release in October 1980, game maker Bandai/Namco sold more than 100,000 arcade units and fans spent more than $1 billion in quarters.

A pop-culture phenomenon had begun.

Pac-Man is now the star of one of the most successful video games of all time and can boast being the most recognizable video game character, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Pac-Man's popularity comes from the genius of the game itself.

Creator Toru Iwatani has said Pac-Man was meant to attract female gamers to expand on the traditional male audience.

Another revolutionary idea in Pac-Man is that each ghost behaves differently to keep things exciting.

One simply chases you, two try to attack from the front while the fourth will chase and then abruptly change course.

Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde are dangerous until they're dinner.

Even his wife Mrs. Pac-Man has become a legend in her own right.

Pac-Man continues to be relevant today. He even got his own interactive Google Doodle in 2010 and also starred in a beer commercial during this year's Super Bowl.

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