Go to Google right now. Just do it.

Their logo is a playable version of Pac-Man. And yes, that is Ms. Pac-Man, as it’s two-player.

It’s hard to believe that Pac-Man turns 30 today. This is the game that defined my childhood and my love of video games, and three decades later, he’s still plugging away, doing his thing.

It’s staggering to think how many games both Namco and Midway released over the years, the cartoon show, the hit theme song…. I even have a Christmas ornament on my tree with lights and sounds. He’s been an old friend to me for a long time.

And beauty of it is that he’s still fun. How many games… how many anything can claim that after this long? The original game, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man World, Pac-Man Championship Edition, and a new upcoming title called Pac-Man Battle Royale with four Pac-Men going up against each other. Save for Mario and Donkey Kong, which other gaming stars can claim the level of continued stardom in the gaming world?

So I light a birthday candle in honor of that little yellow dot and all the good times he’s given over the years. I still remember me when I was five years old, standing on a chair at a Zayre’s in Pensacola, Florida, plugging away to get that first intermission. I do dearly love the little guy, and wish him the best for the next 30 years.

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