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"BusinessWire - Blue Planet Software, Inc., the company that manages the exclusive licensing rights to the Tetris(R) brand, today congratulated Pac-Man on its 30th anniversary, which Namco Bandai Games said it is officially celebrating on May 22, 2010.

"I personally congratulate my good friend Mr. Toru Iwatani and Namco for having created Pac-Man, one of the greatest computer games of all time," said Henk Rogers, CEO of Blue Planet Software. "We at Tetris salute Pac-Man as a pioneer of our video game industry. It's a testament to both our games' relevance and staying power that we remain popular on today's most modern technology."

The Tetris brand is just bringing its own 25th anniversary to a close -- a celebration that garnered multiple in-person events and over 1 billion media impressions in over 60 countries. The Tetris game was created by Russian-born mathematician Alexey Pajitnov on June 6, 1984. In January of this year, Blue Planet Software and licensee EA Mobile announced the Tetris game surpassed 100 million paid mobile downloads, making it the most popular mobile game of all time.

Namco first released Pac-Man in the U.S. on May 22, 1980. Since then, like the Tetris game, Pac-Man has achieved a number of milestones and today both games are two of the most recognized video games in history.

"Both Tetris and Pac-Man have had an incredible impact on popular culture worldwide," continued Rogers. Buckner & Garcia's 'Pac-Man Fever' became the #9 song on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 while the Tetris theme song has been sampled and covered by numerous groups, including MC Lars and the UK's Doctor Spin. Students have embraced the game as well. The largest Pac-Man game was played in 2004 by New York University students who created a real-life reenactment of the game in Manhattan. The record for the largest Tetris game is held by Dutch students who in 1995 used 15 floors of the Electrical Engineering Department of Delft University of Technology to play the game on the side of the building.

"We're delighted to share the hearts, minds and fingers of the world with such a worthy colleague," Rogers said. "I know that every member of our global Tetris family joins me in a big, heartfelt, 'Happy 30th birthday, Pac-Man!'" "

Comment by BigAl95 on May 21, 2010, 3:44 pm
The Portal cake is a nice touch.

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