17 July 2008
Famous Pac-Man Quote: Urban Legend?
"If Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music."
Interesting allegorical quote. It suggests a connection between the behaviors of a cartoon and a raver. It also shows an underlying connection between subcultures of ravers and gamers. Although largely unnoticed, both subcultures share a lot, either as ravers who are also computer geeks, or as young IT professionals who are also into electronic music. (To noe: Matrix's resistance celebrated incoming fights in a nightclub!).
This quote is often seen at the Internet. Allegedly, it was said by a Nintendo Vice-President in 1989. But a British comedian later claimed that he is the author of the quote. This is yet to be confirmed. I'll post any updates...
PS Update: I contacted Nintendo HR department, who was unable to answer whether someone named Kristian Wilson (the alleged VP) has worked there. Given the absence of any other Internet records about this fellow, it can be safely presumed that this story is probably untrue, or that its authorship is yet to be verified.
If you have any lead, please feel free to post it here. Thanks.