“Pac-Man” had a “feminist” aspect to it, game’s creator says

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It might be hard to believe, but the classic video game Pac-Man debuted 35 years ago this month. And in a new interview with TIME, the game’s creator, Toru Iwatani, said he specifically designed Pac-Man as game that was “simple” and “would not be intimidating to female customers.” He described the game as “plausibly feminist” and went on to say that he hoped it would appeal to women who wanted “to be the pursuer rather than being the pursued.” Now, that’s a deep reading of the underlying motivations of a yellow, pellet-chomping avatar and a curious, at best, interpretation of feminism. But the game was fun and its success spawned Ms. Pac-Man, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here … we guess?

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