9 Amazing Facts From Gaming History

Pizzeria Pac-Man


Toru Iwatani - creator of Pac-Man - has been known to claim that the character’s design was based on a pizza missing a slice. However, this turned out to only be half-true, with the design for the character also being heavily inspired by a simplification of the kanji for “mouth”. That apparently didn’t dissuade Westerners from latching onto the pizza association, though, as most of Pac-Man’s first U.S. appearances were in pizzerias across the nation.

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