The Pac-Man Dossier

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First off I did not even know it was possible to obtain a perfect score in Pac Man. I love the game and have played it many times before but did not know you could achieve a score of 3,333,360. Also like Susan I had no idea this game was developed with the ideas all coming from a childrens book. This is remarkable to me that the game of Pac Man was completley developed from a childresn book

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/SusanCarmichael/2010/01/pac-man_ghost_hunters.html

I think it is pretty funny that the reson the name was changed from "Puck Man" to "Pac Man" was to avoid kids from vandalising the game and changing the P to an F. I had no idea baout the different modes that the Ghosts enter during the game. It was also interesting to find out that Pac Man is only at 80% during the first 5 levels then speeds up untill level 21. You would think to make the game more difficult as you increase levels Pac Man would be full speed then continue to slow down as you progress through levels. I also did not know Pac Man slows down when he eats something. The time he slows down for is so small it is impossible to recognize but just enough for a ghost to capture him. It is very important to understand the maze and how the Ghosts operate through the maze. This is a matter of life and death.

http://home.comcast.net/~jpittman2/pacman/pacmandossier.html#Introduction

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL250/2010/01/pac-man_dossier/

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Susan Carmichael said:

I had previously heard about the original name being Puck-Man, but I was the most struck that there is an actual science behind beating the game and the overall complexity of the game. Toru Iwatani was a true genius.

Jessie Krehlik said:

I didn't know any of this stuff either beforehand. Unlike you, I never really liked Pac-Man growing up, but reading this really makes me want to give it another shot. I still don't quite understand how it's possible to reach a perfect score, but that's beside the point. The whole thing was very educational and fun to read.

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