Watch Pac-Man Make an Appearance on ‘Friends’The yellow dot-devourers also kept up their appearances on the big screen, showing up in movies as varied as Wayne’s World, Man on the Moon, Masters of the Universe, Wreck-It Ralph, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, and serving as the main bad guy in 2015’s Pixels, which also featured an actor playing creator Toru Iwatani, along with the man himself making a brief cameo.
Watch a Pac-Man Ghost in ‘Wolfenstein 3D’It’s impossible to tell exactly why Pac-Man became such an astounding cultural icon, but the secret may lie in its visual and gaming simplicity. Unlike most early arcade games, which featured a joystick and a firing button (or occasionally, as with Robotron: 2084 or Karate Champ, two joysticks), Pac-Man had only one control, a joystick. It also featured a seductively simple objective: Run around and eat all the dots in a maze before one of the ghosts — endearingly named Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde — gets you. But most of all, Pac-Man had the most visually simple style of any arcade game protagonist: a yellow circle, with a missing slice for its mouth. This, combined with the repetitive dot-gobbling sound effect, epitomized the hypnotic simplicity that defined so many early arcade games. And it also made it a perfect choice for anyone who wanted to reference the ’80s or gaming culture in their movie, show, cartoon or book.