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Cook and Becker is proud to announce its gorgeous, hardcover retrospective, the first-ever history of PAC-MAN. The book, PAC-MAN: Birth of an Icon, is immediately available for pre-order today (at Cook and Becker).
PAC-MAN: Birth of an Icon is written by Arjan Terpstra and Tim Lapetino, and made in conjunction with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. It is the first book detailing the birth, rise, and explosion of one of the video game industry’s most famous characters. It delves deep into PAC-MAN«s origins as a video game, cultural touchstone, and pop culture juggernaut.
This new non-fiction narrative volume will journey from creator Toru Iwatani«s "pizza slice" inspiration to the game’s incredible success in arcades and beyond. The book also dives into PAC-MAN’s unprecedented impact on pop culture, with more than 40 new interviews from key players around the world, behind-the-scenes stories, documents, images, and more.
With untold stories, new details, and archival imagery, PAC-MAN: Birth of an Icon showcases the franchise’s complex history from Tokyo to Chicago to Boston, unpacking the stories of video game industry stalwarts Namco (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.’s former company name) and Midway Manufacturing.
Full of historical imagery, concept designs, marketing photos and more, the book will examine the game’s design philosophy and origins through the artists, designers, developers, and other creative teams who brought PAC-MAN to life.