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PAC-MAN: History of an Icon from Cook and Becker


With than forty-years under its belt, the PAC-MAN video game is iconic. That history is chronicled in a forthcoming release from publisher, Cook and Becker. Co-authored by Arjan Terpstra and Tim Lapetino, PAC-MAN: Birth of an Icon combines historical imagery and concept designs with more than 40 interviews and stories with the artists, designers, and developers who brought the game to life.

PAC-MAN’s reach is worldwide, and the authors also delve into the game’s imprint on the cities of Tokyo, Chicago, and Boston with anecdotes from key players at Namco and Midway Manufacturing.

PAC-MAN: Birth of an Icon will be released in two different editions. The Standard Hardcover edition will retail for $39.95 USD. A Collector’s Edition checks in at $99.95 USD and includes a PAC-MAN-shaped slipcase, a PAC-MAN arcade token, and a 7-inch vinyl pressing of PAC-MAN Fever, the 1981 hit from Buckner & Garcia.

PAC-MAN: Birth of an Icon is available for pre-order now, with a planned shipping date later this Summer.

Company: Cook and Becker | Available: July 2021 | Price: $39.95 USD and up

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