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Casio partners with Pac-Man for a new but vintage-looking digital watch

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By Krista Rogers, SoraNews24

Pac-Man, originally released as an arcade game by Namco (now Bandai Namco) in 1980, is popular around the world among all generations. Heck, the only reason I even remotely looked forward to going to the orthodontist while growing up in the U.S. was because there was a free-to-play Pac-Man machine in the waiting room. As proof of its success, the game entered the Guinness World Records in 2005 as the most successful coin-operated game of all time.

Speaking of time, everyone’s favorite dot-chomping, ghost-chasing yellow puck character has teamed up with electronics and watch maker Casio for the release of a new retro-looking digital watch, the A100WEPC, that will go on sale on August 21.

▼ Casio x Pac-Man collaborative A100WEPC model

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This new model is based on a reissue of Casio’s classic F-100 digital watch, which was originally released in 1978 as the first quartz model with a resin case along with stopwatch and calendar capabilities. Notably, it features the F-100’s characteristic four front buttons, the “Illuminator” logo in the center using the Pac-Man font, and colorful depictions of Pac-Man and the four ghosts with the arcade game’s iconic dot maze layout.

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In a fun nod to the game, the upper watch band features laser-cut illustrations of Pac-Man fleeing the ghosts while the lower band features Pac-Man chasing the ghosts after eating a power pellet.

▼ Upper band

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▼ Lower band

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To top everything off, this is one watch box that you’ll definitely want to save since it’s a faithful recreation of the original arcade game screen.

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The Casio x Pac-Man A100WEPC digital watch goes on sale on August 21 for 12,100 yen. Until then, if you’d like to sit and ruminate on exactly how it’s been 40 years since Pac-Man was released to the world, we’d recommend getting your hands on the 40th anniversary Pac-Man sake series as well.

Source, images: PR Times

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When I had my Casio calculator watch, I thought that I was better than everyone else in the world because for a short moment in time, I was.

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NumanToday  09:06 am JST

When I had my Casio calculator watch, I thought that I was better than everyone else in the world because for a short moment in time, I was.

Wow. I played them all - the original, Mrs. Pac-Man, Pac-Man Jr., Prof. Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac-Man 3D, all. And when I took programming classes towards my computer science degree, the template and principals of this game were used to teach us about writing programs. There's a lot of work involved but it's fun.

And Pac-Man has enriched my life so much too. It's culture. It's essential. I wonder if these watches will get released in the US market.

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Better than one of those ten a penny, massive, steel roomba sized things on most men's wrists here

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Have memories of surreptitiously playing Pacman on those clunky PCs running MS-DOS in the Computer Lab in school while watching out for the teacher when I was a kid (which was a long time ago). Today kids have everything readily available but they will never experience the thrill of chasing Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde after eating the power pellets when the teacher thinks that you are working on the class assignment of BASIC language programming.

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Feels back to 80s/90s but nowadays it doesn't look cool, something to do with this uncool generation.

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But the characters don’t move?

Had there been movement then I would have one at over 12000 yen-unfortunately, that is not retro…

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Back then they sold playable LCD Pac-Man watches. =This watch should be playable and color.

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