The Story Of Atari’s Pac-Man Day With Release Date Confirmed!

The Story Of Atari’s Pac-Man Day With Release Date Confirmed!

The release dates of our favorite games are
unforgettable. And the bigger the game, the bigger the event! But did you know that the release date of
the first mega blockbuster game is lost? Well, I’ve found it and in this episode I’ll
prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt! The hype for a new and upcoming piece of software
or hardware can start to take on a life of its own. And after its release, if it’s groundbreaking
enough, that date can become etched in the gaming history books as the start of a new
era. And if not, then the date is at least remembered
by archivists and can be used for future reference. It wasn’t always that way though. In the dark ages before the internet, game
release dates were not always known. Games just appeared on the shelves with very
little notice, and once the game was out, what day it was released on didn’t really
matter. If you had the game, there was nothing else
to worry about. And unless the game was a multi-million seller,
it was likely to be forgotten when the next big thing came around anyway. Today, every game has a street date, It’s
commonplace now. You can reference it on company websites,
Wikipedia and even the online store of your machine will tell you how long it’s been since
the game was first put on sale. The further you go back in time though, even
extremely popular games were not announced for a release on a single day and that information
has had to be pieced back together later. And it got me wondering, what about Pacman
for the Atari 2600? Go search online and you’ll see it doesn’t
have a clear release date. But why? It was the biggest release of its time and
the hype around it was as intense as any game today. The original arcade Pacman, produced by Namco,
and distributed by Midway in the US was a smash hit. Over 350,000 machines were produced, some
of which are STILL in operation today. It brought in over one billion dollars in
quarters, and another billion dollars in machine sales in the first year and a half on the
market. It was the first video game to have an animated
show, breakfast cereal, a line of toys and a hit single, called “Pac Man Fever” which
peaked at #9 on the billboard hot 100 in 1982. Pacman was a true phenomenon and whether you
played games or not, it was a household word then and now. The Atari version sold over 7 million copies,
and became the best selling Atari 2600 game of all time. But this version of pacman often gets derided
as being ugly, clunky and unplayable, with none of the charm that the original arcade
version had. All you have to do is go to the Internet for
5 minutes and you’ll find someone saying Atari’s Pacman was awful. “pac man by Atari is a falafel of fail,
deep fried in dog Doo Doo and washed down with a mothball milkshake” You’ll also find people blaming Pacman on
bringing down the whole industry. As if one game could really do such a thing…. “you see…. before Nintendo and the official
Nintendo seal of quality anyone could make a game and no matter how bad it was you couldn’t
stop it. Atari’s pacman caused the industry to “crash”,
only ROB the robot could save it.” But none of those people were alive in 1982! Maybe even 1992! So what do they know?????? I actually had the game when it was brand
new. Yes… people knew it didn’t look the same
as the arcade version, no one was expecting that it could. But it was PACMAN at home! Unlimited games, no lines and no saving up
quarters. The hype was real and I for one, couldn’t
wait to get it. But this is not a video on the merits or faults
of Pac-Man, I’m here to prove when the game was released. But before I can do that lets take a look
at what media had to say back then and now about when this game was released, sort through
it and prove when Atari 2600 PacMan first went on sale. In those days there weren’t even many gaming
publications around to announce when games were coming. There was Electronic games, which premiered
in October 1981 and Atari Age, whose debut issue was marked as May/June 1982. Besides catalogs, there just wasn’t much else
to go by. Magazines and catalogs also have huge lead
times of several months, sometimes before the games were even finished. So to put a singular date in print didn’t
happen as there wasn’t any way to guarantee that what was printed wouldn’t change somewhere
down the line. In the early days of gaming, the system that
is in place now, didn’t exist. Now, nearly every game comes with a preorder,
a bundle , a trade in offer and sometimes a midnight launch, delivery to your door or
a day one download, often preloaded so you can play right at 12:01AM. But in the good old days, it just wasn’t that
way. You might have known what games were coming
later this year, but thats about it. Things as we know them really started up in
the 90s. One of the first big games with a launch date
that was announced well in advance so everyone knew when it was for Sonic The Hedgehog 2
when SEGA announced November 24th 1992 as Sonic 2’s Day. You’d be surprised, but, another game, one
that most would say defined a generation, Super Mario Bros. has no singular day that
anyone can point to as the release! In a 2012 article published by Gamasutra,
Frank Cifaldi states that after much research, the official American release date of Super
Mario Bros. is not known. Earliest evidence points to a simple ad listing
the game as already on sale but theres no evidence if November 17th, 1985 was the first
day or not. It just can’t be proven. Later games Like Super Mario Bros 3, have
had their release dates confirmed but these have been backtracked to that day long after
the game was released. As a side note, this contrasts fully with
Japan where game release dates are well documented and have been since the beginning. The release dates for every game were always
announced clearly in advertising. But one difference between Super Mario Bros
and Pacman was that at Super Mario Bros was unknown prior to release, whereas Pacman was
the biggest game of all time up to that point. Surely the first day the game was on sale
had to be mentioned somewhere? The Status Quo about the Pacman release date
is to say the least, a mess. Some sites say the game was released in 1981
like Moby Games and the Pac-Man Wiki. While IGN, the wonderful source of news that
they are, has it listed as September 9th 1981. Others like Wikipedia list March 1982. Some like Digital Press say April 1982 while
Atari age, truly the king of Atari sites has it listed as “Not Available!” Hey, in this case they are actually right
because it doesn’t look like anyone knows what the date is! How did this even happen where you can’t
even say which YEAR it came out??? Another reason for this discrepancy stems
from the copyright date of game. Both on screen and printed on the label and
in the manual it clearly says 1981. It could be that the game was finished and
copyrighted but not made available until after the new year. So let’s figure out whats going on here. There will be a lot of false positives to
sort through here, but we have to cover each lead extensively, in order to fully disprove
them and then bring evidence in to prove date, but only after disproving everything else. So. Was it 81 or 82? The website shows a completed
ROM dated September 1981. The pac man page on that site tries to figure
out the discrepancy as well, more about why, then, when, but comes to the determination
that due to the long lead time for manufacturing cartridges, that it couldn’t possibly be released
in time for the 81 Christmas shopping season and was held over until April 1982. Is this right though? There are no sources that point to PacMan
selling at Xmas Time in the 1981, this ad is actually from 1982. It looks like many sites just looked at the
games label and called it a day. What about March or April of 1982? Lets keep narrowing it down. In the forums of Atari Age there is a discussion
about there being two release dates for Pacman, in March and April 1982. With a “National Pac-Man Day” being held
on April 3rd. One Atari Age user, Random Terrain, also maintains
a website chronicling Atari releases and he says theres both a March and April release. The site’s owner Duane Alan Hahn, says that
he bought his Atari VCS on March 27th, 1982 and that while Pac Man was available already,
he couldn’t get a copy until April. His site also shows a flyer saying PacMan
was available March/April! What was National PacMan day? When we come back, a look at the first video
game launch party, and the smoking gun that proves which day Atari’s Pacman was let out
into the world. Break. While I don’t doubt Duane’s story, that
Pacman was available in March, it would never hold up under any scrutiny. There’s no proof here to show that people
had the game in March. It could just be gossip. But according to him, PacMan was in his home
by the first week of April. Which is when Atari held National Pacman Day. What was National PacMan day? Several sources keep talking about it, and
some websites like. 8-bit central, run by a great guy named Pete,
shows some print ads and news clippings celebrating the national release day of PacMan on Saturday
April 3rd, 1982. Atari actually ran 5 days of print ads just
to count down the days. It says right here: On April 3rd, 1982, Atari
will officially introduce the only home version of PacMan. National PacMan day was actually quite a big
event. With activities, prizes and a chance to meet
Pacman in over 20 cities across America. Including Tampa, New Orleans, Pittsburgh,
Minneapolis and the pre-game events at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Some news papers even covered the events and
ran stories about National Pacman Day, later in the week. But there is still a source here who is very
well regarded in the Atari community that says March. Some catalogs say March, and many websites
say March too! In fact, more websites say March than April. If this National Pac Man day was such a big
deal, why do so many sources still say March? Sure April 3rd is early in the month and its
possible that things take longer than planned so, it could have been scheduled for March
then just pushed a bit later. But clearly an event of this scale, with multiple
days of national ads and live events at locations in over 20 American cities HAD to be planned
well in advance. Were there any news stories about Pacman being
out in March? There is one that I have found, and its from
a very unlikely place. It’s Saturday Night LIVE!! The March 20th episode of Saturday Night live
Starring Robert Urich with musical guest Mink Deville, had a very special and direct reference
to Atari’s Pacman. In the SNL Newsbreak segment, anchor Brian
Doyle-Murray makes some jokes about Pac Man trying to cash in on new markets. Some Like 6 pac man and puke man are still
funny, but others like Little Orphan PAC-Mannie… well…Ehhh…. But in this episode he states “This Week
[PacMan] hit the home video game market. That means that PacMan was released some time
between March 14th and 20th. So while theres still National Pacman Day
on April 3rd, it was already out, which proves the Random Terrain site correct! The game was available in March. Now which day of the week? I asked Howard Scott Warshaw. He didn’t make Pacman, that was Tod Frye. But Howard was responsible for Yars’ Revenge,
Raiders of The Lost Ark and ET. He is also very open and friendly with Atari
fans. So I asked him what he knew. Specifically if Atari games were released
on a certain day of the week, He said no. No downloads either haha He’s certainly
right about that! So, if the most knowledgeable and accessible
Atari employee from that time says no system was in place, then it’s time to really dig
deep. A national search of old newspapers from January
1st to, March 15th, 1982 shows several ads for Atari’s Pacman listed as “coming soon.” Some take reservations and give dates like
March 22, or April 1st. They admit in the ads that there are just
their expectations and not hard dates. There were also articles about the pre- release
hype. And also what’s quite possibly the first review
of the game. Naturally it says the game isn’t any good. But I couldn’t find any newspaper story or
advertisement from January 1st to March 15th 1982 mentions pac man as available for sale. The latest date that any newspaper mentions
Pac Man in any way was on March 12th. After this, ads asking for preorders stopped
and on March 13th, 14th and 15th, there was radio silence. No news whatsoever about Pac Man at all. Searching from March 16th to March 20th There
are several ads that proudly declare that pac man has arrived. Brian Doyle-Murray wasn’t lying! The earliest one comes from The Madison Capital
Times on March 16th, 1982 where a store named Copps ran an ad on page 18 proclaiming “at
last!! Its Pac-Man! In stock NOW! There are a few things to take in mind here. There was an intense demand for this game,
demonstrated by all these ads for preorders and just the general excitement for Pac man
at the time. Did the store wait until they had the game
in stock and then run the ad? Or did they know ahead of time and then print
the ad? If a store was to receive a shipment on the
14th, its possible, but not likely, that they could have had an ad put in the paper by the
16th, maybe its the earliest they could. But could a game as in demand as Pacman stay
in stock beyond one or two days before selling out?? If this store would have publicized the biggest
game of all time up to that point as finally available and it wasn’t, either because
it’s sold out, or just not ready yet, it would have made a lot of people mad, maybe there
would have even been a riot and people burn the store down??? Who knows! But this only proves that they had the game
on the 16th, not that it went on sale on that day. So we are still left with a 3 day window. Sorry it took so long, but its time to finally
present the smoking gun. 2 days later on March 18th in the same newspaper
The Madison Capital Times, page 1 reports about the sale of Pac Man cartridges at Copps
dept stores. Pac Man gobbled up by video buffs
The ad for the Pac-Man home video cartridge game said It was “at last” in stock here,
but “hurry, quantities are limited.” Madison area residents, hot on the trail of
the popular but elusive Atari Item, did just that —hurried to Copps department stores
in droves. Each of the three local Copps stores received
96 of the cartridges this week. They went on sale Tuesday morning, heralded
by ads in the local newspapers. Two stores sold out by Tuesday evening and
the third store sold out early Wednesday, spokesmen said.”The response was unreal,”
reported Steve Martin, general merchandise manager of the Aberg Avenue store. “This is a real craze. We sold them for $34.88, but I think we could
have sold them for $64.88.” “Unbelievable,” exclaimed Herb Jordan, operations
manager at the Whitney Way store. “We wanted to keep a demonstrator, but someone
insisted so violently we even had to let the sample go.” “We had a bunch of people ready to break down
the doors Tuesday morning,” related Joe Stencil, general merchandise manager of the Monona
store on the Beltline. The managers said they had ordered more of
the cartridges, as have other local stores, but they don’t know when they will be getting
another shipment. And there you have it. Solid irrefutable proof that Atari Pac Man,
the best selling Atari game of all time was officially released on March 16th 1982. Two and a half weeks later It would be celebrated
as a national holiday. So now that we know the full story let’s
go out there and correct the record so the world will finally know the one true date. Be sure to tell them I sent you, with some
help from Brian Doyle-Murray. We knew it all the time. Have a nice day!! Atari games are full of weird tricks and bugs
and here’s one I’ve never seen anyone talk about. If you go through a tunnel and hold select,
PAC man will turn brown when he comes out on the other side. You can’t control him anymore but it’s the
only way to get him on the screen in attract mode.

Comments (100)

  1. The release date never seemed to be lost to me. I got the game when it was new and I also got this in the mail before the game was released:

    And this "'82 in review" page was in Atari Age magazine at the end of 1982 which seemed to pretty much line up with what I saw in stores that year:

    I think I've been linking to those pages from my web site for over 10 years:

    I didn't know anyone thought the release date was lost.

  2. Hey @GTV do you by chance know where I could possibly find those arranged Pacman songs used in the video? Also Great Video! My dad was still in High School back in the Spring of 82'!

  3. AMAZING video bro!!!

  4. Ms. Pacman was to Pacman what SMB 3 was to SMB.

  5. another wonderfuly resolved enigma ! Detective Gaijinton strikes again ! 😉
    Very good stuff man, congratulation for all the research.

  6. I have no idea where all this pacman music came from, but they're amazing.

  7. You should look up the Computer Entertainer newsletters too – they're a great resource for getting down to the month on a LOT of games from the 80s. For example, on Pac-Man here they listed its release date as March 1982 (which is reasonable given, as Warshaw said, they didn't really have "release days" at the time).

  8. Dude, that's awesome! Pac-Man 2600 released on my first birthday!

  9. I always feel like people who say the Atari 2600 was not powerful enough to handle Pac-Man have never played the 2600 version of Ms Pac-Man. That one did a much better job of replicating the experience.

    Interesting video!

  10. Christmas of 1981 we got a 2600, with PacMan- and Combat as pack-ins and Pole Position, Popeye and Q*Bert so all of those games were at least released December 1981 or before.

  11. I love these videos!

  12. Ok, subscribed, i watched like 5 videos, and i'm more than convinced, great video… should i say as always? haha

  13. These videos are so entertaining and informative but what music is playing at 08:29 I like it

  14. You just gained yourself a subscriber. That was really interesting. I had the 5200 as my first console when it came out so I wasn't on the 2600 bandwagon unfortunately. By the time I played 2600 Pac-Man for the first at a friend's house I had already had Pac-Man for my Atari for a while. I have to admit after playing the 5200's Pac-Man the 2600 Pac-Man did not impress me. Today, however, it remains one of my most played 2600 games in my collection. And, yes, I still have my 5200 and its Pac-Man as well. If you can look past the looks of the game the game play is solid and fun.

  15. Hi. Flashbacking!…
    The Pacman game was good in the Atari 2600 for the technology in those days, however, I enjoyed it much in the 5200 version!
    They were miles apart in graphics & sound!
    I wonder why the Atari 5200 seems to gave been forgotten!?
    Kindly enlighten me.

  16. Second time watching. Excellent work! The research…the video editing and composition…everything

  17. I scooped you by 2 months 🙂 I posted an article from a local paper (Citizens' Voice) about what was then the largest video game dealer in the area, General Radio, stating they would have the game on Tuesday (March 16th):

  18. does anybody remember if the original release of the 2600 pac-man had all the ghosts the same color

  19. I can also confirm that it was in March 1982. Although, it is great to have the actual day, as well. I was 14 and could hardly wait to have PAC-MAN at home. I was able to preorder a copy through our local Sears store. When the day came in March, my Dad picked it up on the way home from work. I was pretty gutted when he finally got home and I was able to actually play it. It didn't seem like Atari even tried to replicate the arcade version. Also, my birthday is April 2nd. So, if it had initially been released on April 3rd, there's no way I would have gotten the game without it being a bday present.

  20. I got my copy on my birthday (3/82) and it had been out for probably a couple of weeks or a month before I got a copy.

  21. Got it on PRE ORDER. When my parents picked it up they came home telling me the salesman said tell him this is NOT Pacman like you know it at the arcade. This is for home and you can still enjoy Pac man ibn the ARCADE. Even at release date they KNEW.

  22. It was $52.00 in Hollywood FL. 1982 trust me big DISAPOITMENT.You don't forget getting burned like that , THEN THE REAL HOME CRASH.

  23. I was a DJ at a small town AM radio station in the Spring of 1982. One weekend (most likely in march) the station did a big promotion with a local TV dealer that sold Atari consoles and games for the new Pac Man Cartridge. They had made a commercial using the "Pac Man Fever" song and I remember playing it three times an hour the whole afternoon. After my shift was over around 6pm I drove over to the TV dealer to check the game out. They had a demonstrator going, but after playing it I was very disappointed with the quality of the game play, graphics and sound. I was very disappointed with Atari, and felt sorry that we were promoting such a bad game, but I didn't tell anyone at the dealer or station that.

  24. Hey my birthday! Ff15, not pacman

  25. Pac Man on the VCS selling the most copies of all VCS games proves how Stupid Atari VCS Fans are, the game is a piece of crap and they knew it but still bought it just because it's on Atari and is Pac Man regardless of the fact that is was noting like the real thing and they were told it's popular. On The commercials they show how crappy it was and did not not try to hide it by showing footage from the arcade and put at the bottom of the screen "Footage from Arcade version, actual games play will be different on actual VCS version" or something like that. Crappy Flickery blocker Graphics and sound Nothing even close to the Real Pac Man. Even the Pac Man Ripoff Shareware games you could download from a BBS was better then the VCS Pac Man.

  26. The version sucked

  27. Pac Man pasta was available for a long time after the game lost popularity, maybe even into the 90s. A bit unusual for a video game food. Super Mario cereal only lasted a couple years.

  28. This was really well made. Surprised it only has a few thousand views.

  29. I was alive in 1982. I was super hype that my older brother's friend Maurice had Pac Man for Atari and I could not wait to go upstairs to play it. I would keep asking Maurice if we could go up to his place and play. Finally he agreed. We all went to Maurice's (Mom's) apartment and I will never forget the disappointment I felt when he hit the power switch to the Atari 2600.
    Atari 2600 Pac Man looked and played like CRAP! I hated it. So it was back to the arcades for me.

  30. How come we know more about Adolf Hitler's childhood then we do about 2600 games release dates? TBH I am almost obsessed with the release dates of my favourite 2600 games (such as centipede, missile command, breakout, space invaders).

  31. That was pretty good, had me captivated throughout the whole video … Good work…


  33. your videos are getting more and more interesting!

  34. I remember the hype around this, and getting it on launch day from a family member working at Sears. These sounds bring back such memories. They even appear in Superman 3.

  35. But when was the realese of pong

  36. Duuuuude, found your channel looking for info about Doki Doki Panic. I now just ordered a copy of the 夢工場 book you mentioned. Now this video…

    Nice and humble presentation, easy-to-digest, and of course: exTREMELY well researched, exclusive information. Doing God's work!

  37. Dang, you’re like Monk or Colombo or something

  38. What’s ironic here is March 16, 1982 was a Tuesday

  39. So essentially a Pacman game took a year and a half to make any money if they made a billion in quarters and a billion in machine sales in the first year and a half. I’m kind of surprised about that.
    I’m also surprised at how bad Pacman really looked now, I don’t remember it being so bad looking, Miss Pacman was a big improvement.

  40. Wow, that was not a cheap game either. 34.88 would be just under 100.00 bucks today

  41. It’s not the fact to why Atari decided to port PAC-MAN to the 2600 being a bad decision, it’s Tod Frye responsible of this act of unclear jumble of pixels.

  42. It was released on October 1980s

  43. After all these years, I still don't understand why they drew Pac-Man like an upside down letter U with big red eyes and feet on the sides of the original arcade cabinets.

  44. A lot of people also say online that Pac man was originally released as puckman on Oct 10 1979 in arcades in Japan. But yet, lots of websites also say puckman originally was put in a Japanese movie theater on May 22, 1980. I don't get it.

  45. You can totally do a good Pac Man on the Atari 2600 (wait for player to start out of attract mode for sound at 0:25):

    Tod Frye (author of official 2600 Pac Man) admitting defeat:

  46. I don't know why people say ATARI pac man was bad. I remember playing it when I was a kid and I really liked it.

  47. Perhaps the second date was for when supply would be at capacity instead of just the trickle from before.

    We could also be dealing with release day vs ribbon day. (As a G1er on both of my previous apartments I've experienced this gap twice.)

  48. When you consider the 2600 was developed at a time when there were very few defining titles to really drive it's development, it's kind of impressive it did keep up. But from what I gather – that's because the 2600 hardware could be hacked and poked a lot to be tricked into doing more than it was really designed to do.

    Also man that Pac man costume is so fluffy!

  49. My parents had an old faux wood grain 2600 with Pac-Man and like, 40 other games for the system. I used to play the hell out of that game and I have a weird nostalgia for it. Mostly because of the sound and music. It's not a good version of the game, though. Not even by 2600 standards, and Ms. Pac-Man did it better.

  50. Maybe it was beta tested in 1979

  51. 11:16 Oh man, I miss the Pac-Man Pasta with Meatballs. Tasted like Spaghetti-O's.

  52. Glad I found your channel today! Your content is great. Keep up the good work!

  53. Brian Doyle Murray also just provided proof that he didn't always sound like an old man.

  54. 10:10; Look, it's Mr. Looper!

  55. The Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man was absolutely and positively the main reason why my neighbors who bought the Atari 2600 for this game were so underwhelmed they just threw their Ataris in the closet and then the quality of games never got much better because…hey they sold 7 million copies of that piece of shit. …ET as a video game, wasn't even THAT bad but definitely the writing was on the wall by the time that game came out. If any game would to be blamed for the beginning of the reason of the video game Crash it would be Atari's Pac-Man without a doubt.

    Fun fact: the game that was released was just a prototype but Nolan Bushnell wanted it out in stores sooner than later so they basically published an unfinished game.

  56. Wait!, no one knows what release date Pac-man came out?!

  57. It's interessting that in America,, cereal with marshmallows is considered nutritious. Over here you have to buy imported cereal from America if you want stupidly sweet cereal.

  58. its pumky and mr hooper lolz

  59. great job leave it to WIsconsin 😉

  60. Pac man was not the next Mickey Mouse, it was Mario.

  61. Awesome old Pac-Man commercial s

  62. Ugh, the bad grammar in the title of this video is infuriating.

  63. Thanks for showing clips and music of the PacMan cartoon. That was one of my favorite shows.

  64. As I recall, I saw Pac-Man as a pack-in for the 2600 before I saw it sold individually. But that was 40 years ago. I could be remembering wrong.

  65. Now for a bigger challenge. What was its UPC number? ;P

  66. Under 1 minute in and hearing that Atari pac man intro and dying sound hit the nostalgic button. We couldn’t afford an Atari so we played at my cousins house a few times a year.

  67. Great video. Excellent research. Pac-Man is a great video game.

  68. I loved my pac man Atari game

  69. Man, Pac Man must've had a terrible Wesnesday in 1982.

  70. I had the game as a kid and still liked playing it despite its bugs and flaws, I also had E.T. which really drove me away from video games until the NES came around.

  71. Love this channel! Awesome commercials.


  73. I was maybe 4 when I first played Atari Pacman in 1987. Maybe it's because we didn't have anything else but man does that game and the glitchy graphics and music bring me back to my roots. Holding that joystick in my hand and that funky rubber that made it feel like you were playing with a plunger 😀

  74. Is that Punky Brewster in the Pacman commercial? And why do 80s cartoon characters always have a Brooklyn accent?

  75. I remember getting this for my 5th birthday . When I went to the arcade, I did not want to play Pacman because I could play it at home.

  76. I got my Atari on Christmas 1981 (along with 5 games). And I'm pretty sure the next game I got was Pac-Man that following easter, which was on April 11th, 1982. So that seems to check out given the March release date. BTW, I had no idea the game sucked either. My friends and I played it a lot. Sure it wasn't arcade perfect, but it was fun and I don't remember anyone hating on it at the time. There weren't many arcade perfect ports on the Atari, but it never bothered me, I spent more time playing then than now. Except E.T. and Superman. Those did suck and I remember the disappointment…

  77. What music starts at 8:28? Also, what music starts at 12:23?

  78. Your videos are so good. I am always impressed. You really earn these likes, haha.

  79. Loved the news articles of people's accounts of how well this little cartridge did, and your extensive research into the matter is greatly appreciated, always fun and hugely entertaining,..I actually didn't get my own Pac man 2600 cartridge until November of 85' way after as a gift along with a 2600 console and about 12 other games (sort of a hand me down) but I absolutely loved it, Pac man itself was a joy to have at home although I dont remember noticing the difference from the arcade maybe because I was like 6 and just played the heck out of it, but my favorite game of that little gift was Star Wars Empire Strikes Back..appreciate your passion and hard work,thank you😊

  80. A lot NES games have a "release month". Is that cuz of stores releasing them at different times or just poor record keeping/ lack of info?

  81. Sad that Atari couldn't even make a circle.

  82. I remember getting an Atari PAC-MAN button when I went to the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. The PAC-MAN character was roaming around the building too.

  83. The Atari 2600 Pac-Man was my introduction to the game via a sort of hand me down Atari system. And frankly, by that measure just cannot hate that version as the limitations made it easier for a really little kid playing. The first time I played the proper version, I felt it jarring that the ghosts would leave their prison square before the power pellet wore out.

    That and the fact it was the go to video game sound effect for every cartoon in the 80's and in some cases, well into the 90's. I rewatched that episode of Rescue Rangers with the robotic cat recently, and those Pac-Tari sounds were unmistakable.

  84. "Until the Internet comes, it's all we've got." Hilarious. Would you be interested in doing an interview with

  85. new music and movies are generally released on tuesdays, that's why it's called new music tuesday

  86. by movies i mean home releases like dvds or vhss

  87. I still have my arbys pac man glass!

  88. Who gives a shit about when exactly it went on sale?

  89. 7800 champ series!!

  90. @10:21 "Mr. Hooper" playing Pac-Man!😊…died soon after this😞-hopefully not connected.

  91. SOOO, accounting for inflation, this game cost almost $90.00 back best friend sure was spoiled!! lol

  92. Why is this in Phelous' "internet horror" playlist?

  93. Super Mario Bros. DOES have an official US Release Date: October 1985.

  94. And as for Super Mario Bros. 3? It had 2 US release dates: November 16,1989 and February 13,1990. The International Launch was February 13,1990.

  95. Pac Man 2600 was published on Black Friday 1981. But it didn't hit the public conscious until Spring 1982. The reason why before 1991, games release dates are so sketchy, is because they didn't reach the mainstream and public mindset until a few months after release. The Reason why people think Mario 3 came out in February 1990 is because its original US launch of November 16,1989 was overshadowed by its International Launch, as it became the very fist video game to be released Internationally in the remaining regions simultaneously. People forgot that America got SMB 3. one year after Japan, that The Wizard was released to Promote the new game and that Throughout 1989, SMB 3. was playable as a Trial Version in Retailers all across America.

    BTW, Pac Man was terrible and shoddy. You forgot to mention buyer's remorse which set in later with that clunky port.

  96. Dude, you have too much time on your hands.

  97. I remember hearing it was hectic when Dragon Quest 3 came out.

  98. I played this as a kid, and for years, I thought it WAS pacman, never played the Arcade one till like early 90's and it was like a new experience.

    I live in a rural town, 'nuff said.

  99. My mom was a kid in 1982 and had a 2600 and pacman for 2600

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