Classic Pac-Man Postmortem – Toru Iwatani – GDC 2011
GDC 2011 – March 2, 2011
Toru Iwatani is professor at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Game at Tokyo Polytechnic University, and a fellow in Namco Bandai Games, Inc. He joined Namco in 1977 and created Pac-Man in 1980. Toru produced more than 50 games including Galaga, Xevious, Pac-land, Ridge Racer, Alpine Racer and Time Crisis.
More than just the man who created and designed PAC-MAN, Toru Iwatani revolutionized an arcade industry filled with space shooters and PONG clones, introducing a new kind of game that was both immediately accessible and highly addictive. Thirty years after its debut, millions of fans are still playing the seminal maze title in spin-offs/remixes like PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION DX, as well as in its classic form through digital download games, smartphone releases, and even Google’s homepage logo! In this session, Iwatani will share how he created one of the world’s most successful and beloved arcade games around a circle with a wedge sliced off.