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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
*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)Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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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.Read More