10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pac-Man
10 facts you didn’t know about the icon, the legend
Toru Iwatani came up with the idea for Pacman after making the observation that arcades had almost 100% boys in attendance and full of virtual violence that created a gloomy, non-family friendly atmosphere. Iwatani wanted to change that by creating a video game focused around eating rather than violence. Not only is eating a prominent element of the gameplay, the idea for the titular character came from pizza with one slice removed.
Other aspects came into consideration as well, such as muted background maze colors to make the colorful characters visually pop and an emphasis on cutesy, friendly shapes for both player and enemies