The pac man war

In 1982 pac man was a phenomenon. It was the most popular arcade game by far, and hence generated a huge demand for versions to play at home. In the 80s enthusiasts in their bedrooms were the generators of much of the content, and to them, copyright, corporate branding and legal protection were unknowns – hence we saw numerous pac-man clones, some more accurate than others. However, even in 1982 it was apparent that video-gaming was to be a highly lucrative market, and as a result, a more ‘grown-up’ heavyweight approach to the scene emerged.

This news report is of a clash between mighty american titans Atari and Commodore, and caught in the cross-fire the plucky Brits Bug Byte, all over a little yellow circle who liked to eat dots.

PCW 25 November 1982

PCW 25 November 1982

This op-ed piece from Computer and Video Games puts it into some perspective.

Computer & Video Games October 1982

Computer & Video Games October 1982

One thought on “The pac man war

  1. I’m amazed your mother kept those magazines all these years.
    What do you think I’d get on ebay for an original cartridge of Jelly Monsters, set in a block of clear acrylic?
    Then again, perhaps I should return it to its original owner….

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