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Ms. Pac-Man Was Once A Man Named Otto

by Ben Reeves on Dec 17, 2009 at 10:05 AM

You may not know this, but Ms. Pac-Man was once a dude. She also used to eat monsters instead of ghosts and run around on giant legs. When MIT students Doug Macrae and Kevin Curran first started working on the game that would become Ms. Pac-Man it was just and enhancement kit for the original Pac-Man cabinet called Crazy Otto. Macrae and Curran eventually sold their creation to Pac-Man’s North American distributor Midway, at which point the game was changed to Ms. Pac-Man. Read issue 201 of Game Informer if you want the full story, but check out these videos for a glimpse of Ms. Pac-Man’s early days.

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