PAC ‘N LOVE
dear retro gamer, i’m thoroughly looking forward to reading this month’s cover story, and would like to make my own case for the defence of Pac-man on the 2600.
myself and my pals and cousins were about ten years old when Pacman reached the console, and we don’t remember any dissatisfaction or complaint about the game. We knew, even back then, that consoles couldn’t yet match the arcade, and those who didn’t visit arcades wouldn’t know any different, obviously.
Pac-man seemed like… Pac-man. it played well, it was fun, and its zany sound and basic graphics were part of its character. for example, the ‘scared blue ghosts’ of whom the flickering represented their fear! tom Vanheems we’ve had quite a few emails this month similar to Ben and tom’s. It would appear that even now, nearly four decades after its original release, todd’s conversion of Pac-man delights people as much as it annoys them. Pac-man on atari 2600 may not be the most accurate of conversions, but it remains fun to play and ultimately that’s all the matters. Isn’t it?