PAC-MAN Zone brings classic arcade nostalgia to Capital Region

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – From the joystick to the iPhone, PAC-MAN has come a long way.

PAC-MAN is celebrating 40 years and has been creating memories since it’s original release date back in 1980. So, it’s only fitting to bring in a PAC-MAN Zone at the Colonie Center mall.

“To bring families together, allow people who grew up with PAC-MAN forty years ago to come together with kids who are discovering all of this for the first time,” Colonie Center Store Manager, Chris Kissane said.

Developed by NAMCO, PAC-MAN brought the excitement of maze, chase-genre games to a new life. It’s character quickly became and remains an icon in the video-game world. Even outside the gaming community, it still holds an active role, thanks to the use of merchandise and toys.

The PAC-MAN Zone brings it all together, from 1980-present day. With roughly 40 arcade games, half-price Wednesdays and birthday parties, it’s retro gaming at it’s finest.

“All kinds of different games, some new, some old; a little bit of everything,” Kissane said. “Crossing that generational divide where everybody will play together on the same games that the older generations grew up with.”

NEWS10’s Ben Ryan got an inside look in the video above.

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