Posts Tagged ‘Pac-Man’
The arcade was a full spectrum of emotions for me…from shouts of pride when I entered my initials on the “Donkey Kong Jr.” high-score screen, to tantrums of despair when Dad said it was time to leave. Today arcades are endangered species – one of the last spots in NYC, “Chinatown Fair”, closed down just a few weeks ago.
Luckily, there’s photographic proof that these mystical places actually existed. The Flickr group “Growing Up In Arcades: 1979 – 1989″ serves up a retro-tastic blast from the 8-bit past. Some of my favorites (warning…French-rolled jeans ahead!):
UPDATE: There’s a documentary in the works about the final few days of “Chinatown Arcade”. Trailer:
And good news…the owners have relocated to Brooklyn and just opened a new spot called “Next Level”. Game on.
These are the original sketches from the notebook of Toru Iwatani, creator of Pac-Man. It was from these designs that everyone’s favorite dot-muncher was born in 1980. (Ms. Pac-Man was made from one of his yellow ribs a year later)
I couldn’t resist any longer…these are the most impressive pumpkins I’ve seen across the web over the past few weeks. Enjoy!
FIRST PLACE: Kanye Interrupts
(Awesome job from my friend Nuel Cho at ADA!)
(“Yo ADA…I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish BUT…Charlie Brown had one’a the best pumpkins EVER!”)
SECOND PLACE: The Flasher
THIRD PLACE: The McPumpkin Burger
FOURTH PLACE: Swayze Retrospective Tribute
FIFTH PLACE: The Drunken Frat Boy