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Bandai Namco gears up for Pac-Man 40th anniversary celebrations

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I’m not entirely sure which is more depressing. Realising that the ubiquitous symbol for gaming in general, Pac-Man, is soon to be 40 years old, or the incredible realisation that you’re actually older than Pac-Man. Either way, I’m pretty miserable right now. Yes, the yellow circle that goes “waka waka waka” and eats ghosts on a maze is very nearly hitting the big FOUR OH, and series custodian Bandai Namco has some celebrations planned for the duppy-devouring disc.

Pac-Man has been gobbling up coins in arcades since May 22, 1980, going on to become a pop culture icon. To kick-off the 40th celebrations, Bamco’s released a new theme song called “Join the PAC” by Japanese Techno artist, Ken Ichii. Joining the PAC has a very different meaning in South Africa, but we can bop along anyway.

Next year, there’ll be a series of global celebrations, with a few brand deals and endorsements that should see Pac-Man stuff plastered everywhere.

“Everyone at Bandai Namco Entertainment is extremely proud and excited to celebrate 40 years of Pac-Man, not just a video game icon, but a true cultural icon,” said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and General Manager at Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. “2020 will be a monumental year as we celebrate Pac-Man’s birthday all year long with ground-breaking brand partnerships, a new theme song, and engaging events around the globe.”

Meanwhile, fi you want to play a bit of a modernised Pac-Man that retains the spirit of the game but adds a new dimenions to things, I can’t recommend Pacman Championship Edition DX or Pacman Championship Edition 2 enough. WAKA WAKA WAKA

Last Updated: November 5, 2019


  1. Admiral Chief

    November 5, 2019 at 11:58

    Does the fox say waka waka waka?
    Or does Shakira say waka waka?


    • Original Heretic

      November 5, 2019 at 11:58

      My four year old CONSTANTLY sings “waka waka eh eh”.
      But when I play him the song, he ignores it. Kids…


      • Admiral Chief

        November 5, 2019 at 12:08

        I think he is looking at the singer (if you are playing video and not song)


      • Hammersteyn

        November 5, 2019 at 12:20

        Keep doing it to. Then he’ll stop


  2. The Big Bad Wolf

    November 5, 2019 at 12:08

    Please give us a Tetris Effect-style Pac-Man game.


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