First Perfect 'Pac-Man' Earns Fame

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. July 15, 2005 12:12:04 AM IST
Six years after his amazing feat, Floridian Billy Mitchell remains a legend as the first person to play a perfect Pac-Man arcade game.
Never a day goes by, he told the Detroit Free Press, that he's not recognized on the street, thanks to his many TV appearances and honors. I'd be lying to you if I told you it wasn't fun, he said.
The Pac-Man arcade game celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer and an estimated 10 billion games had been played in arcades worldwide when Mitchell did the impossible in July 1999. Video game enthusiasts are said to equate his achievement to finding the Holy Grail.
It took six hours for Mitchell to guide the famed yellow hero through 256 levels of dots, fruits and ghosts. The founder of Namco, the company that created Pac-Man, had no idea how he did it.
Namco named Mitchell the greatest video game player of the century. (UPI)

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