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How 13 Video Games Got Their Names

Did you know Pac Man was originally called Puck Man because “puck” sounds sort of like the Japanese equivillent of “nom?” So how did it end up as “Pac?” The name of the game, Pakkuman, was inspired by the Japanese onomatopoeia, “paku-paku,” which describes the sound of eating, similar to the English word “chomp.” As the [...]

How 13 Classic Video Games Got Their Names

Here are the stories of how famous video games got their names, and what they were almost called. 1. Pac-Man It’s not easy to create a game based solely on the concept of eating. But Namco employee Tōru Iwatani did just that in 1980 by taking the idea of a pizza with a slice missing, and then [...]