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  1. At 40, Pac-Man Is Still Going Strong

    It started with pizza. Specifically, Shakey’s, the California franchise that invaded Japan and provided game designer Toru Iwatani with the inspiration for the yellow circle with the missing “slice ” for a mouth in 1980’s Puck-Man. Iwatani’s employer, Namco, enjoyed some success at home in Japan, but it was gobbled up in the U.S. (as a harder-to-vulgarize Pac-Man) and elsewhere. More than $1 billion in quarters were dropped in the arcade machines in its first year, cementing Japan’s international cultural imprint and bringing a child- and female-friendly cuteness to video gaming that refuses to get old.

    OZY delves into the game’s yakuza influences.

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