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Jul 27, 2015

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Pac-Man Fans At The Ready For Pixels Release

It is 35 years since gaming icon Pac-Man first entered our universe, and now a film made in his honour is set to be released on 12 August, 2015. Entitled Pixels, this American sci-fi adventure comedy is bound to appeal to all Pac-Man fans, while undoubtedly creating a new league of followers who may have been too young to remember this classic arcade game superhero.

This new flick is directed by Chris Columbus and is based on a short film released online by Patrick Jean in 2010. The star cast includes names such as Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan, and will also be packed to the rafters with computer-animated characters and special effects. Reports also suggest that the original creator of Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani, is to make a cameo appearance in the film.

Originally set to be released in spring but pushed back until summer, several trailers have so far been aired to captivated fans. The first trailer was said to have amassed over 34 million global views in just a day, toppling Sony's previous record, held by the Amazing Spider-Man 2.

If you are thinking of catching this movie at the cinema, what can you expect? The plot is said to centre on the misinterpreted interaction of alien forces and humans, culminating in a battle that threatens to wipe out human existence on Earth. It all starts off seemingly peaceful, as humans decide to launch video footage into space, to give extraterrestrial beings a glimpse of what life is like on Earth. Not understanding this friendly and informative message, aliens misconstrue video feeds they see of classic arcade games and take them to be a sign of impending war. Alien forces then attack planet Earth using the popular games, such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Tetris as models for their attacks. It is left to former game professionals Sam (Adam Sandler), Will (Kevin James), Ludlow (Josh Gad) and Eddie (Peter Dinklage) to stop the aliens from destroying the planet.

If you can not get enough of Pac-Man fever, here are some Pac-Man related facts that will get you in the mood for watching Pixels.

Pac-Man was released in May 1980. This video game classic soon gained an army of fans, with gamers spending over $1 billion in quarters during the first 15 months of its release.

When you look at Pac-Man, pizza might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but it was actually a pizza missing a slice that was the inspiration behind this yellow pixelated icon. It has also been suggested that the 'eating to gain power' of Pac-Man was a concept originally conceived by Popeye.

If you have ever wondered how many dots there are on a Pac-Man board, you no longer need to ponder this question. The answer is 240.

The world record holder of Pac-Man playing is Billy Mitchell, who achieved the highest score ever of 3,333,360 in 1999. Billy was also named one of the Top Ten Most Influential Video Gamers of All Time in 2006.


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