Joining Batman, the 2019 inaugural inductee character, PAC-MAN becomes the first video game character to be inducted into the MCHOF in recognition of his profound and transcending impact on the video game industry since its inception in May of 1980, and his extensive popularity and influence on pop-culture around the world.
“When I created PAC-MAN over 40 years ago, I never could have imagined the amount of joy he has brought to video game fans, nor could I have imagined his reach around the globe,” said Toru Iwatani, the original creator of PAC-MAN. “While I’m proud of my work, the real happiness I feel is in how PAC-MAN has entertained millions of fans around the world and how those fans have in-turn supported PAC-MAN with their love and loyalty all these years. The bond between creator, character, and player has been so strong these past decades. I hope to see this connection continuing long into the future.”
“We thought PAC-MAN would be the perfect addition to the Museum Character Hall of Fame because he inspires a sense of nostalgia in many of us and even though he is turning 40, he is still highly relevant in pop culture today,” said Eddie Ibrahim, Senior Director of Programming for the Comic-Con Museum. “Characters tell the stories of pop culture and what better time, when we are more digital than ever, to honor our first digital character.”
The iconic character commemorates his 40th anniversary this year and show no signs of slowing down. This year saw the legendary arcade game partner with Minecraft to release a new gaming experience that allowed users to challenge friends on ten 3D mazes or build their own stages to compete for high scores. The developer also released a battle royale-like game PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle exclusive for Stadia, and partnered with Google Maps with PAC-MAN Geo, which allows users to play the classic game using maps of actual locations across the globe.
“PAC-MAN’s enduring popularity and relevance speak volumes to how he has touched the lives of countless players and fans throughout his 40 years as the original video game icon,” said Yutaka Fuse, Head of PAC-MAN Branding and Licensing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “To be inducted into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame is truly a great honor and we look forward to celebrating with fans around the globe.”