If you've been using google at all today, you're probably aware that Pac-Man is now 30 years old. So for the rest of the day, everyone's suddenly going to be a born-again Pac-Man fanatic. Including, it would seem, the makers of Tetris, who jumped on the bandwagon by wishing Pac-Man (and Namco) a happy birthday.
Above: How would YOU visualize "Tetris says happy birthday to Pac-Man?"
Naturally Henk Rogers, "the man behind Tetris," managed to get in a plug for his own content inside his b-day message:
"I personally congratulate my good friend Mr. Toru Iwatani and Namco for having created Pac-Man, one of the greatest computer games of all time. We at Tetris salute Pac-Man as a pioneer of our video game industry. It’s a testament to both our games’ relevance and staying power that we remain popular on today’s most modern technology. Both Tetris and Pac-Man have had an incredible impact on popular culture worldwide. We’re delighted to share the hearts, minds and fingers of the world with such a worthy colleague. I know that every member of our global Tetris family joins me in a big, heartfelt, ‘Happy 30th birthday Pac-Man!"
That's god damn adorable. The idea of two games telling each other happy birthday just melts my heart, somehow validating all our of shared gaming experiences. If they're important enough to last three decades, surely all these days and years of playing games is time well spent.
I suppose next up would be Pac-Man wishing Mario a happy 30th birthday. Make it happen, Namco.
May 21, 2010