Pac-Man Day Is Here!!!!!

I can’t believe it! 40 years ago TODAY the yellow one was released to the public- and we were never the same again! And to celibate this momentous occasion, Jerry Buckner- one of the founding fathers of Pac-Man Fever is doing a live stream! let’s join in on the fun!

Pac- Future-Past: Pac-Man 2 The New Adventures!

Hey Arcaders! I really enjoying Pac-Man Month! I hope you are too.

I thought it was a good time to start another series- about the Pac-Man games after the original maze chasers. You see- Namco knew their icon had to evolve. So, I thought- Let’s take a closer look at these games… and see if they keep their Pac-Man feel, but more importantly, is the game good? I thought we would start with one that I remember being so quirky, fun, and so- different- that it was THE PERFECT GAME to start with. Arcaders- I give you…

Pac-Man 2 The New Adventures.

Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures is a graphic adventure game, a vast departure from its predecessors. Players assume the role of Pac-Man as he must carry out different quests given to him by other characters. Many of these involve retrieving a specific item, such as a bottle of milk or a flower. Unlike other adventure games, players cannot control Pac-Man directly, who will wander and interact with the in-game world at his own pace.[2] Instead, players use a slingshot to guide, or “influence”, Pac-Man to his destination or to attract his attention towards a specific object.

In each quest, the player will need to solve puzzles to progress. The solutions to these puzzles are based on Pac-Man’s moods, which differ based on the player’s actions. For example, the player can shoot down an apple from a tree, which Pac-Man will eat and makes him happier, while shooting Pac-Man in the face will make him irritated or depressed. Pac-Man’s moods will also determine how cooperative he becomes; for instance, making Pac-Man too happy will cause him to become smug and cocky, and as a result less willing to follow the orders of the player. Some sections of the game follow Pac-Man riding on a hang glider or in a minecart through “chase” scenes, which require fast-reflexes from the player. Pac-Man may sometimes encounter his enemies Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, where he will immediately become frightened and run around the screen. Feeding Pac-Man a Power Pellet, stored in an inventory at the bottom corner of the screen, will transform him into Super Pac-Man and allow him to eat the ghosts. If the player visits the arcade, they can play the original Pac-Man. Finding three game cartridges will allow them to play Ms. Pac-Man in the SNES version, or Pac-Jr. in the Sega Genesis version.-

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My first question was- Pac-Man 2? Where is Pac Man 1? Here is my hypothesis- Pac-Man 1… Was Pac-Land.

Pacland is a very unique scrolling platformer that predated Super Mario Bros in the U.S. by a year! and we will be getting to this game soon!

Back to Pac-Man 2- It’s a point and click adventure. So, you don’t control Pac-Man, you make him look, or hit an object (or him) and get his attention and make him react.

The best part- was Pac-Man’s emotions. He could be happy, sad, hungry, scared, mad, and more! Check them out!

Enough talk- lets look at the game!

What did you think Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures? Did you love it? Hate It? Never knew it existed? Let Me know in the comments!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Pac-Man Fever live stream on Friday with the king of Pac-Man Fever- Jerry Buckner!!!

The big day is almost here! On Friday, May 22nd, it will be 40 Years since the Big yellow guy was released into arcades- and our hearts! And to celebrate that occasion, Jerry Buckner will be doing a live stream with lots of surprises! Here’s the skinny from the man himself!

We want to invite everyone to our Pac-Man Fever Zoom video and interview session that will be live streamed on Friday, May 22 celebrating Pac-Man’s 40th birthday anniversary. You can access it at 12:00 noon EST on our website at bucknergarcia.com

It’s a very special video that will include Gary (Garcia) who will be synched up with me from a live performance we did in 1982, along with the original musicians who played on the Pac-Man Fever sessions.

We will also be doing a live segment before and a Q&A session afterward.

We hope to see you there – Remember, this coming Friday, May 22nd at 12:00 noon EST at bucknergarcia.com👍😎

I will be listening- I hope you do the same!!!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!!!

Pac-ommercial – Arby’s Pac-Man Glasses!

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Hey Arcaders!

Anyone who knows me- knows my favorite fast food restaurant, hands down is Arbys.

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Come on- Ya’ know ya’ want one.

But- one of the things at Arby’s I always wanted-

Was the Pac-Man glass.

There was a time when fast food restaurants would do “collector series” glasses.

like the Burger King Star Wars glasses-

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But- the Pac-Man glass was special. There was only one.

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Don’t try using the coupons- I think they expired.

They must have made MILLIONS of these glasses- they were everywhere!

Check out the Pac-Tastic commercial for it!

And guess what?

I still have mine!

 

 

 

 

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Did you ever get YOUR Pac-Man Glass? let me know in the comments!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

The Electric Circus Episode 13- First Person Shooters!

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From the moment games like Castle Wolfenstein 3D and Doom hit stores in the early 90s- They changed the landscape of gaming forever! Josh, Danny, and I have our favorites! What are yours? let us know in the comments!

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Pac-ommercial – The Pac-Man Cafe!

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Hey Arcaders!

I hope you guys are enjoying Pac-Man Month as much as I am! Today’s Pac-commercial is something special to me. Being a local in the Central Florida area, the was one restaurant that stood out for me- and I loved going to. The Pac-Man Cafe!

 

The Pac-Man Cafe was awesome. Unfortunately- It didn’t last long. But, I’m getting ahead  of myself.

Pac-Man Cafe started life as another arcade- XS Orlando.

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Pointe Orlando opened in 1998. It is still open today- but is missing the panache of it’s early years. It’s hard to compete with things like-

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FAO Schwartz.  Biggest toy store in Orlando.

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MUVICO Theater- First movie Theater in Orlando with IMAX!

Along with XS, It was quite a fun day.

Then, one day (around 2002, I believe) XS- closed.

I remember seeing an ad in the paper for Pac- Man Cafe- which conveniently , was in the old XS location. I went- and I wasn’t disappointed!

Here’s a flier from Pac-Man Cafe!

When you entered, you were greeted by this happy fella-

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And once inside- they had a full service restaurant- where the specialty was the Pac-Pizza… with the first piece missing! Then, you could go over to the Galaga Bar to have a drink! The main arcade we upstairs, but the fun was at the Retro Arcade on the first floor! It had all the classic games you could remember- plus a few you didn’t! Add to that the Pac-Museum, It was the best time in Orlando next to Disneyquest!

But, in 2005- it was gone. Why? I had heard that the rent went up at Pointe Orlando. Also, Namco was slowly closing their arcade division in the U.S., – so, it was a sad time in my household- we went every weekend. Now Pointe  Orlando has Main Event, and Arcade city- but they pale in comparison.

Now- there seems to be a resurgence in the Pac-Man Cafe idea… Check this out-

These seem to be pop up locations- there has been some in Shanghai, and Hawaii. Let’s hope they do more!

What do you think of the Pac-Man Cafe? Did you ever get to go? Let me know in the comments!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

And Stay tuned for MORE Pac-Goodness!

Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures Series Review: A Pac-Man Month Special

Reviewed by Joshua Jordan

Pacopolis is under constant attack by an army of ghost from the Netherworld and there’s only on yellow hero who can stop them, Pac-Man! Along with his friends Spiral and Cylindria and a slew of other allies Pac will have to face off against Lord Betrayus and his underlings to save the city and quite possibly all of PacWorld from certain doom.

Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures is a very interesting example in how to have a good foundation of a story but not use that foundation to an advantage. On the positive side this animated series looked pretty good. It had imaginative world that looked both colorful and bright but also used iconography from the real Pac-Man games as intricate designs for everything from the streets to the buildings. Another thing I enjoyed about the show is Pac-Man’s powers. I like how he eats different berries to gain different abilities and I also liked that his friends could eat them too but the berries effected them differently than Pac-Man. All of Pac-Man’s transformations look pretty cool even if they kind of looked like another round video game character named Kirby. One of the more unique aspects of show was a really good set up for the characters with compelling backstories that took a lot of great liberties that could have led to attention grabbing storytelling.

The negative side of Ghostly adventures is a lot of wasted potential. Something that could have been great but turned out not so much. The biggest problem I have with the show is that it never reaches its full potential story wise. Instead of building on the wonderful foundation that the creators of the show made with compelling backstories that could had led to potentially fascinating episodes. They almost completely ignore it and only refer to it occasionally. Another example is the humor. There is a lot of good jokes in this show that made me laugh. My problem is when they start focusing heavily on burp and fart jokes that over stay their welcome. Another good example of wasted potential is the animation. While the animation looks good at times the lip sync isn’t right and most of the time breaks the illusion. Finally, and I know this might seem like a minor gripe but the theme song isn’t good. A lot of shows have great theme songs that either set up the premise of the show or are such a great ear worm that you can consistently hum it to yourself. However Ghostly Adventures doesn’t have one, in fact, it seems like the theme was either thrown together quickly or edited so poorly that it just doesn’t work. So much so that I just tried to skip the theme song every time so I didn’t have to hear it. The Pac-Man games all have a wealth of amazing music and it would have been so much better if they’d just used one iconic tracks and just gave it a remix. As you can see Ghostly Adventures has a ton of wasted potential that stops it from being great.

Is Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures worth watching? If you’re a very young kid like five or six years old, the answer is yes. The colorful world and characters are enough to grab any young kid’s attention. For older kids and adults however I can’t really recommend it. Which is sad because of the potential you can see in the show. A potential that could have reached a wider audience with its story and characters. If you want to check it for yourself out the easiest way is to stream it on Netflix or watch it the reruns on Discovery Kids. There are better shows out there that masterfully bridge that gap between kids and adults but Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures isn’t one of them.

Series Review Score: C+