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APB -- Pac-Man Party!

On May 22, 1980, Namco released a new game in Japanese arcades.

This guy.


Yes, the Golden Gobbler turns 35 this Friday.  Usually, the Japanese get all the cool shit when it comes to their video games.  But this time, it's not just America that has them beat, it's CHICAGO.

Us local video game nuts know about Level 257.  Located at the Woodfield Mall in Chicago, it is a Pac-Man themed eatery owned and operated by Namco themselves.  Besides food and drink (the names of which have little nods to Pac history such as the "Game Over," the "1 Up," and the "Midway"), it also features a bowling alley, ping pong tables, and, of course, Pac-Man machines.  The joint has a maximum capacity of 180 guests.

Namco it throwing a little birthday party here.  General admission tickets are free.  However, for $35, you get the VIP experience.  This includes a meet and greet with Billy Mitchell, world record holder in Pac-Man and utility grade douchebag.

You also get to meet Professor Toru Iwatani, the man who created Pac-Man!  Fuckin'!  A!

There may be an announcement of a new Pac-Man game, and people will also get to preview the new mobile game based on the upcoming movie Pixels, which features both Pac-Man and Professor Iwatani.

Let's party down!

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