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Previously Unreleased Weird Al Song “Pac-Man” (Beatles’ “Taxman”) Is Like a Time Machine

As Al Yankovic himself explains in this new/old track's YouTube description, it is literally straight out of 1981. Yankovic recorded "Pac-Man" in his garage that year, along with some of his more famous tracks, just after the game's debut in 1980, but it was never released and is now headed to join his Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of "Weird Al" Yankovic box set.

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Things We Saw Today: Jack Russell Pops Balloons in Real-Life Pac-Man Course

HelloDenizen shared this video of a Twinkie, the Jack Russell who holds the USA record for balloon bursting, chasing balloons in a real-life Pac-Man course.

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Microorganisms Chase Each Other Down in a Real-Life Microscopic Pac-Man Level

If you were a scientist and you had access to a bunch of microorganisms, then you might think to yourself, "What if I put all of these little beings into a maze and forced them to fight to the death? Oh, and also the maze would be Pac-Man-themed, obviously!" But you probably wouldn't actually do that. Or maybe you would.

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World Video Game Hall of Fame Inducts First Class

*Breaks out the Atari*

We have the first class in the new World Video Game Hall of Fame! They are: Pong (1958), Pac-man (1980), Tetris (1984), Super Mario Bros. (1985), Doom (1993), and World of Warcraft (2004)

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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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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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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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Classic Video Games Meet Bowie Lyrics in Fetching Prints

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

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

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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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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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Things We Saw Today: President Lincoln Riding A Velociraptor

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

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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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