Pac-Man’s Creator Shows Initial Concept Art For The Game

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It’s strange to think that video game history was originally drawn on a piece of graph paper back in the 80s, but that’s exactly how Pac-Man started life.

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Some 35 years ago, a developer at Japanese company Namco designed a little yellow blob that would turn into one of the most iconic video game characters of all time. A couple of days ago, Reddit user zadoc re-uploaded Toru Iwatani’s first designs for the spherical little chap drawn, pixel by pixel, on graph paper. The images are from a gaming convention in Holland a few years back, where Iwatani turned up with an inconspicuous blue binder and blew fans’ minds.

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Alongside the designs for Pac-Man himself, Iwatani has also showed designs for the four ghost characters, Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde, as well as his vision of what the levels would look like.

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In case you were wondering, the red circle in the middle of each page reads ‘secret’ in Japanese – so don’t go telling anyone, ay?

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