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6/14/2007

Paleolithic Pac-Man unearthed!

Paleolithic Pac-Man vs modern Pac-ManI spotted on BB this paleolithic Pac-Man, “conceived by Le Gentil Garçon, in collaboration with François Escuilié, palaeontologist, from the comparative observation of human and various predatory animal skulls. 2004, Resin, diameter: 65 cm.”"

You can view the original versions on the artist’s website: 1) a full view of the Pac-Man skull and 2) front view.

This “paleolithic” Pac-Man got me thinking about proto-Pac-Man created by the Japanese game company, Namco. The original name of Pac-Man was pronounced in Japanese pakku-man (パックマン), which comes from the fun onomatopoeic phrase, paku-paku taberu (パクパク食べる) meaning to gooble up or scarf up. Japanese think paku-paku describes the sound of the mouth chomping food. When it was first released in Japan in 1979, the game was entitled “PUCK MAN.” However, when the game was brought to the U.S. by Midway, they wisely changed title to Pac-Man so vandals wouldn’t alter the arcade machine’s name to *UCK MAN. (Wikipedia)

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