Pac-Man Tackles Racism

Avi Arad, former CEO of Marvel Studios and now an ‘executive adviser’ for Namco Bandai, is bringing Pac-Man back to the small screen as a TV show rather than a game.

“We wanted to keep Pac-Man the same lovable guy he has always been, but (put him) in the 21st century,” Arad said.


By ‘puttting him in the 21st century’ Arad means ‘making him 3D’. I can live with that, could be fun watching him chase Bliky in 3D. But wait! There is more. Not only does Pac get a third dimension, as this is 21st century he gets feelings, absent parents, social statements and a school life.

The plot will see Pac-Man transformed in to a high school student who saves the world with his pals, Pinky, Inky, Blinky and Clyde.

“We feel we have a unique opportunity to have an action adventure, human interest story,” Arad said. “As a filmmaker, it’s a unique opportunity to get to know the characters you play. … We don’t know what happened to Pac-Man’s parents. He’s the only yellow one in Pac-Land; what does that mean? Is it a social statement? We’ll find out.”

No, you Muppet, he  is yellow as, back  the day, Arcade cabinets could only show 16 colours and the background of the game was was black, yellow was chosen so you could easily see his character. That would be a small, 16×16 pixel 2d character with no emotions, no missing parents and enemies in the shape of Pinky, Inky, Blinky and Clyde.

How can you have a ‘human interest story’ about a yellow pill popping sphere? Worst idea in the history of gaming and I’m including the Amiga CD32.

Source: Variety



  1. Oh boy, is this for real??

  2. Sounds like the most god awful thing I’ve ever heard of.

  3. Seriously? Someone commissioned this?

  4. Sorry but I just have to…

    and they say video games affect Children! Pft… If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music… oh, hang on

    • Which comedian said that lol?

      • Marcus Brigstocke. I have a t-shirt somewhere with that quote on…

  5. god lord help him.

  6. What on earth is the guy who brought us ‘Bratz: The Movie’ thinking? I can’t imagine how he’s going to ruin ‘Ghost in the Shell’ nevermind the Uncharted & Infamous movies!
    Ahhhh, waka waka waka waka – may he go blue in the face with the box-office numbers.
    I’ll just wakawaka away in disbelief.

  7. Good christ.

  8. Are you sure he wasn’t just joking. No one’s gonna watch this; it’s ridiculous!

    • I’m going to watch the first episode.

      • And you’ll probably be watching the last episode at the same time

  9. If this was a cartoon, like simpsons/futurma/family guy/american dad, it could have some interest. maybe put an interesting/comical spin on features from the game. but what he is going for is shite!

  10. I don’t know if I’ll laugh or I’ll cry… I’m shocked

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