Robot puts all of humanity to shame by achieving perfect score in Ms. Pac-Man

Recently, robots have become cops and priests, they’ve learned how to track us even when we’re not online, and they’ve managed to beat us at complicated board games, but now an artificial intelligence developed by Microsoft has managed to top them all by crushing one of mankind’s greatest achievements: the high score…

The psychology behind some of video gaming’s most iconic sounds

Video games these days are more or less interactive movies—the breadth of the story is cinematic, as is the quality of the acting and the intricacies of the sound design. Programmers of yore would laugh at a phrase such as “intricacies” in terms of video game sound design, as what they had to work with in the early…

R.I.P. Masaya Nakamura, Namco founder and “father of Pac-Man”

Masaya Nakamura, the man who founded Japanese video game publisher Namco and is credited as “the father of Pac-Man,” has died. That’s according to Billboard, which says the news was confirmed by Bandai Namco—as the company is known these days—but it chose not to disclose the cause of death out of respect for his…

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 doesn’t understand the series’ timeless appeal

Unrepentant retrophiles may scream bloody murder, but to everyone else it should be a truth self-evident: Games are getting better. Pac-Man Championship Edition and its various micro-iterations could never hope to define an industry like the original did, but it managed to provide the most succinct realization of its…

First inductees into the Video Game Hall Of Fame include Super Mario, Doom, and Tetris

If passing fads like rock and roll or baseball can have halls of fame, then why have video games been ignored by the hall of fame community? Well, the answer to that question doesn’t matter, because The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York—home of the National Toy Hall Of Fame—has now established the World Video Game…

Now you can play the computer game Pac-Man in the real world, on your computer

Pac-Man, the popular video game about a binge eater’s futile attempt to escape the demons of the afterlife, is now also a neat thing you can play on Google Maps. Just bring up a map of a place and click the Pac-Man button in the lower-left to turn the map’s byways into a playfield for furious pellet-gobbling fun.