Saturday Morning Videos: Setting The Record Straight On Ms. Pac-Man & The Joys Of Punch-Out

arcadehero April 26, 2014 2

(Thanks to ECM for the tip)

General Computing Corporation isn’t always remembered very well for their contributions to the video game industry (in part probably because their name didn’t roll off the tongue) but their impact  was much bigger than what might be remembered. They were responsible for making a hack of Pac-Man which turned into one of the best selling arcade games in history, among other things.

Of course with any popular game there is always a lot of hearsay, rumor, conjecture and anecdotes that surround them. Here Doug Macrae who was a part of GCC from the beginning sets the record straight on a lot of things, including dispelling the story that they were sued by Namco over Crazy Otto/Ms. Pac-Man. This video is a few years old already and the sound quality is rather poor (I could not watch it in the arcade 😛 )but if you want to know about the real history of Ms. Pac-Man and you are interested in some other arcade related things then check this out.

(Thanks to The Stinger Report for this next one. newsfeed 1363)

I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard of The Goldbergs TV show on ABC before this so I’m not sure what the show is all about but someone has nostalgic love for arcades in the 80s as seen in this clip from an episode that will air this coming Tuesday. You’ll catch plenty of arcade favorites here so I’ll stop yapping and share (also they have a Polybius, which is worth a chuckle)

UPDATE:

I just found this on Youtube. I think that Ultra-widescreen LCDs can have various uses in modern arcade games – they would be a great way for a fighting, brawling or scrolling shooter game to stand out among the crowd. But someone found another arcade use for them, as a huge digital marquee:

 

 


2 Comments »

  1. editor April 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Fascinating video with Doug Macrae – the story of those early releases always leave me wanting more.

    KWP

  2. Phil April 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    That Atari game … Star Fox graphics in 1985 … just insane!

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