It's Pac-Man's 30th birthday! Pac-Man is one of the best characters AND video games EVER created complete with an awesome iconographic langauge of ghosts, cherries & other fruits & the mad dash to clear screens & eat those pesky ghost monsters. The game holds up after thousands & thousands of plays, i just downloaded an NES version to play on my Wii a week or so ago & my 2 & 4 year old obsess over Pac-Man just like i did when i first saw him.
"The game was developed primarily by a young Namco employee Tōru Iwatani, over a year, beginning in April 1979, employing a nine-man team. The original title was pronounced pakku-man (パックマン?) and was inspired by the Japanese onomatopoeic phrase paku-paku taberu (パクパク食べる?), where paku-paku describes (the sound of) the mouth movement when widely opened and then closed in succession. Although it is often cited that the character's shape was inspired by a pizza missing a slice, he admitted in a 1986 interview that it was a half-truth and the character design also came from simplifying and rounding out the Japanese character for mouth, kuchi (口) as well as the basic concept of eating. Iwatani's efforts to appeal to a wider audience—beyond the typical demographics of young boys and teenagers—eventually led him to add elements of a maze. The result was a game he named Puck Man."