Pac-Man eats. That’s just what he does. No matter what iteration or spinoff of the classic game you play, the circular yellow guy opens and closes his mouth incessantly and ingests everything in his path, from fruit to dots and even ghosts. So if ever there was a video game character to theme a restaurant around, it’s him. And that’s exactly what’s happening in Chicago in early 2015. A new restaurant called Level 257 is scheduled to open at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. Read more about the Pac Man restaurant below. Read More »
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Columbia Pictures has released five new teaser posters for the upcoming Chris Columbus video game sci-fi comedy Pixels. The plot of the movie is about a group of video game experts who are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters attacking our planet. Its been pitched as Ghostbusters, but with classic 80′s video game creatures instead of ghosts. And yes, I’ve actually been hearing good buzz from some people in the know. Until now we’ve only seen photos of the main cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage (who looks to be playing a send-up of King of Kong’s Billy Mitchell). But these Pixels posters give us our first look at the video game baddies that will be attacking our planet in this film. Hit the jump to get a close up look at Pac-man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Centipede in the first Pixels posters — which are very cool looking.
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The film Pixels stars a few humans that each enjoy a great deal of popularity. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, Frozen), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), and Adam Sandler (all pictured above) must band together to defeat an unusual host of alien invaders. But those three actors might not truly be the stars of the film, because the invading aliens are all veterans of classic games. Now the Pixels video game characters have been revealed.
The feature is based on the short by Patrick Jean in which a human city is besieged by game characters, but we didn’t know which ones would make the jump. Now we know that Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and sprites from games such as Q*Bert, Space Invaders, and Galaga will all show up in the feature film version of Pixels. Read More »
Disney Animation’s computer animated feature film Wreck-It Ralph follows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), a bad guy from a Donkey Kong meets Rampage inspired 1980′s arcade game Fix It Felix Jr. The story is set inside the world of video games. Fix It Felix Jr. is one of the remaining classic arcade machines in the back corner of an arcade. When the arcade closes, the characters in the games connect and interact between the worlds of the different machines. Ralph realizes that he no longer wants to be a bad guy, and adventures into other games in effort to become the hero.
This connected world allows the movie to feature interactions between some of your favorite classic video game characters, Roger Rabbit-style. Footage screened at CinemaCon has confirmed appearances from classic video game characters from Nintendo, Midway Games, Sega and more. Details after the jump.
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If you’ve ever wanted to eat a bunch of dots while running through a maze, you may soon have your chance. Merv Griffin Entertainment, the company behind Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, has teamed with Namco Bandai Games America to develop a reality game show based on the popular video game Pac-Man. Incidentally, did you know the original name for Pac-Man was Puck-Man? Read more after the jump. Read More »
Producer Avi Arad has will be on hand at Namco’s 30th birthday for Pac-Man on June 15th (during E3) “to make an announcement about the worldwide premiere of his newest Pac-Man project.” Of couse, “Pac-Man project” doesn’t necessarily mean big screen movie, but what else could it be?
Arad is a Hollywood producer — that’s what he does. He develops movie and television properties. At very least, the press release announcing the upcoming announcement is supposed to point us in that direction. Recently Avad has been vocal about how “Hollywood will do for video games what it has done for comic-book superheroes”. Of course, there is no evidence to support this theory.
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With Avi Arad possibly developing a big screen adaptation of Pac Man, I thought it was time to round-up all the Pac Man Movie parodies from around the web. The funniest thing about these videos is that I don’t think any of the filmmakers involved ever believed Hollywood would actually try to make a movie out of Pac Man. Thats what makes these ideas all the more creative and ridiculous.
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Three different Ghostbusters/Pac Man t-shirt mash-ups in one month? A couple weeks back, we featured a t-shirt in Cool Stuff that pictured an 8-bit Ecto-1 chasing after the Ghosts from Pac Man. Yesterday we featured a t-shirt that showed Pac Man wearng a proton pack chasing a ghost . And today we complete the trilogy with Split Reason ‘s Busted t-shirt which features our favorite scientists stuck in the pac man maze. Printed on pre-shrunk 100% cotton, 10.2 ounce crewneck T, and available in sizes Small to XXL for $18.95.
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