Let Pac-Man – and Ms Pac-Man – back into your world

By adding eight red pixels (lipstick and a bow) to Pac-Man’s snapping yellow circle, the first digital feminist icon was born. Enter glam 1920s Hollywood starlet, Pac-Woman. Pac-Girl? Mrs Pac-Person? The state-of-art image and the name still really needed a bit of work.

However, as an older lady in furs with an interest in the Atari, Ms Pac-Man held an unexpected appeal. Excitement peaked when she stepped out of the silver screen and into the real world, all thanks to spin-off merchandise.

She was, in many ways, the perfect woman. No wonder the golden memories of countless mature, well-rounded individuals are tinged with regret even to this day. Despite the apparent obstacles – her existing relationship complicated by Pac-Man Junior and Baby Pac-Man; the legs growing directly out of her neck – who knows what might have been?

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Assuming electricity was just a fad somebody cleverly back-engineered this board game with marbles.
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Unboxing this packet involved breathing in actual air from 1983.

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1983 smelled of fossilised chewing gum.

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