Arguably the most influential game in the industry’s history (with Pong the only other real contender), Pac Man has made more than $100 million dollars one quarter at a time. He’s spawned his own line of trading cards, lunch boxes, board games, breakfast cereals and been the inspiration for a Top 40 hit (Buckner & Garcia’s “Pac Man Fever” hit number 9 on Billboard’s charts in 1982).
The story repeats the old bit about the shortage of yen coins in Japan, due to Pac-Man. Can anyone confirm that? I’ve heard it multiple times in the past, but there’s a small cynic inside of me that thinks it’s almost too fantastic a fact to be true.