Pac-Man will always be Pac-Man . You can't improve on simple perfection.

If you didn't know, the original title was first released in Japanese arcades on May 22, 1980, which means the iconic IP has now turned 35 years old.

Publisher Bandai Namco won't let this special event slip by, either. They've already updated the mobile versions of Pac-Man ($6.99) and Pac-Man Lite (free), and they've revealed plans for a big celebration bash in Chicago later this week. That will be at Namco's Level 257 Pac-Man Restaurant, and the event will feature several "industry VIPs," including the game's creator, Professor Toru Iwatani, and world record-holder Billy Mitchell.

Attendees will get to participate in bowling and arcade games, and they'll be on hand to hear about "Pac Man Rebooted." According to the official invite , it's a new game in the long-running franchise but that's all we know.

General admission tickets are free through EventBrite, but you can snag a VIP pass for $35 if you wish. The latter will include drinks, food, and a meet-and-greet with those VIPs.

Happy B-Day, Pac-Man!

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Kryten1029a
Kryten1029a
5 years ago

As though I didn't feel old enough already.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
5 years ago

LOL I know, right?

FAREEZ
FAREEZ
5 years ago

Almost same age like Pac-man(Manny Pacquiao)

Rachet_JC_FTW
Rachet_JC_FTW
5 years ago

oh pac man good times can't say i remeber that far back but its still a classic for a guys in his early 20's if that counts for anything, still love this game to this day think i will always love it wonder why they call it a classic aye =P

happy gaming