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Pac-Man

  1. Google Maps Will Now Turn Any Street Into a Playable Pac-Man Level

    No joke.

    April Fools day isn't until tomorrow, but Google has added a silly new feature to maps early: play Pac-Man on any streets you please.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: It’s Stan Lee’s Birthday!

    Here's to many more cameos

    Stan Lee turned 92 today. That's a whole lotta years. In celebration, let us relive him dancing in the Korean music video for Clara's “Gwiyomi Song 2.”

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  3. Get Yer Warm & Fuzzies From Andry Rajoelina’s Super Families Art

    The family that plays together, stays together.

    A while back we posted Andry Rajoelina's set of superhero parents/kids but there's been developments! Now we get to see a slew of these delightful scenarios played out with some of our favorite characters from video games, movies, and television.

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  4. Classic Video Games Meet Bowie Lyrics in Fetching Prints

    wakka wakka wakka wakka wakka

    Butcher Billy's Space Oddity Game Program project breathes new design life into David Bowie's hit Space Oddity, which, being an pop music plebe I admit that I am familiar with for the same reason I'm familiar with any experimental rock: I am a huge The Venture Bros. fan. I did know all but one of the video game references Billy makes, though?

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  5. Six-Year-Old Girl Tries to Identify All the Fighters in the New Smash Bros., Succeeds at Being Adorable

    I want these included as alternate announcer sound effects.

    A Tumblr user named Lorenzo did what all good older siblings do and tried to help his little sister learn about video game characters. The result? She didn't exactly come away with encyclopedic knowledge of gaming's biggest mascots, but her answers on the names of the new Smash Bros. fighters are pretty accurate in their own way.

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  6. Massachusetts Town Lifts 32 Year Ban On Arcade Games

    Pogs, roller-blading and R.L. Stine still non-negotiable.

    If you grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts then it's unlikely that Pac Man, pepperoni farts, and fanny packs full of quarters hold their rightful place of reverence in your heart--the small town just repealed a 32 year ban on arcade games.

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  7. The Sun Is Beautiful on Every Wavelength in This Gorgeous Video from NASA

    Just this once, look directly at the Sun.

    This video shows the Sun opening its mouth like Pac-Man. Instead of eating ghosts, it shows you what its surface looks like at different wavelengths of light, and it looks gorgeous. NASA is calling it the "Jewel Box Sun" and throwing around the word "rainbow" a lot, but we'll stick with our Pac-Man analogy, thank you very much.

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  8. Watch Yesterday’s Partial Solar Eclipse from Key West [Video]

    Astronomy waits for no man—even at sunrise. Luckily, someone got a video.

    To say that a partial solar eclipse reminds us of Pac-Man may be underselling how awesome it is to see the moon pass in front of the sun, but give us a break; sunrise is early. If you weren't up early enough to see sunrise yesterday, you missed an incredible show as the moon blocked out part of the sun while it rose.

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  9. Cassini Spacecraft Snaps Beautiful Image of Saturn’s Pac-Man/Death Star Moon Mimas

    That's no moon... It's a space stati-- oh? Oh, it's actually a moon. Okay then.

    If you don't have a favorite moon of Saturn, let us make a case for Mimas. Thermal images make it look like Pac-Man, but regular pictures like this new one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft make it look like the Death Star. It shows Mimas passing by its little oblong-shaped buddy Pandora. Space is pretty.

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  10. Eat, Drink, and Play Pac-Man: Namco Plans to Expand Arcade Business With New Restaurant Chain

    Even well into our adult years, we never appear to break out of that desire to seek out venues that in some way emulate our fond childhood experiences spent at Chuck E. Cheese's or ShowBiz Pizza restaurants: Food of dubious nutritional value, arcade games, and enough light and sound to overload the senses of even the most hardy of human beings. With plenty of establishments such as Jillian's and Dave & Busters catering to modern society's rampant case of Peter Pan Syndrome, Namco Entertainment Inc. -- the arcade game division of video game publisher/developer Namco Bandai Games Inc. -- is going forward with their plan to open a chain of restaurants in a similar vein to the aforementioned competition, which will hopefully allow the company to stake a claim in this lucrative market.

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  11. Press Start: Museum of Modern Art to Showcase Video Game Collection

    To all those people who scoff at video games and see them as nothing but wastes of time and a way to lose brain cells, here's some well-deserved egg on your face: By March 2013, The Museum of Modern Art is planning to present a gallery showcasing select video games that have left an indelible mark on popular culture in addition to other qualities that make them artistic pieces in their own right. At last, someone out there has discerning taste!

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  12. Things We Saw Today: Blueprints for Pacific Rim‘s Massive Robots

    Things We Saw Today

    The viral marketing on this movie is just ramping up, and we couldn't be more into it. (/Film)

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  13. Hold Everything: Saturn Has Another Pac-Man Moon

    In 2010, which is about three millennia ago on the Internet, NASA's Cassini Probe found perhaps the most important and relevant scientific discovery in the history of humanity: The heat signature of one of Saturn's moons, Mimas, looked just like Pac-Man. Today, we can all pay attention to what is clearly the most important things that will be said today, which is that another moon of Saturn, Tethys, has a similar heat signature. There's no word yet on whether this moon is a Ms. Pac-Man moon or not, but obviously we'll stay with this one all night if we have to.

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  14. Time Magazine Names The 100 Best Video Games

    It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

    Yeah, I chose Paperboy as the header image for this post and you're just going to have to deal with it. Best of lists are bound to attract controversy so prepare yourself to have some opinions on Time Magazine's list of the 100 best video games. 

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  15. Things We Saw Today: President Lincoln Riding A Velociraptor

    Things We Saw Today

    Sequel to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter? No, awesome photo series from Andrew Becraft. See which other "great leaders" he sat atop "terrible lizards" on The Brothers Brick. (via io9) 

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  16. A Super Mario Bros. Level Created With Post-It Notes Because, Why Not?

    Fans Do Cool Things

    There comes a point in your gaming life when Super Mario Bros. levels become so engrained in your head you could play them with your eyes closed and still get six fireworks. Perhaps the solution is to then create your own level. Out of Post-It notes. Yeah, why not? That's what the Final Cut King group (previously of Lightsaber Kitties and Kitten Pikachu fame) set out to do with 7,000 of the sticky reminders. Take a look, you might see some other classic game character cameos as well.

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  17. Potentially Suspenseful YouTube Video Ruined By Title (It’s Pac-Man)

    You see this about 2 minutes in, but when once it could have been disturbingly perplexing or gloriously revelatory, it is now elicits a mere "Ah." and a brief moment trying to remember what those white spherical things are called.

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  18. Probably the Most Perfect Geek Jewelry on Etsy: Pica Pica Press

    i'll just leave this here

    The Etsy shop Pica Pica Press was brought to my attention recently, and when I tell you I felt like I found the jewelry store that only existed in my head, I am not kidding. This is some of the best geek jewelry I've seen on the internet -- subtle, pretty, and self-explanatory. Not to mention reasonably priced. You will want to see this.

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  19. Old School Video Games Brought to Photographic Life by Patrick Runte

    IRL

    Photographer Patrick Runte has put together a radical, mint photo shoot that brings old school '80s video games to life. Perfect for those of us who have played Pac-Man and secretly (or not-so-secretly) wished we could re-enact it every time we were in a garden maze. More after the jump.

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  20. Pac-Man Ported To Handmade Coffee Table

    Pac-Man has been ported to a lot of different systems. Now, it seems like he's been ported to the coffee table. Designed by Kiran Hungin, this Pac-Man coffee table mosaic features a detailed close-up, sacrificing the lion's share of the maze's empty space to focus on more critical features, like the misproportioned ghost pen and a non-canonical yellow ghost. If these little inaccuracies don't bug you, you can actually purchase the table from the U.K. version of Etsy, Folksy. It's not exactly cheap though, at a price of around $360. Still, it's certainly unique, that is of course, unless you just go and make your own.

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