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Recently published research shows that Pac-Man played a critical role when the Soviet Union and the United States signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (SART). Pac-Man was explicitly mentioned numerous times, beginning with Jimmy Carter’s inaugural address in January 1977.

Also, according to Ms. Anita Efrat, who wrote the book “XPacPac-Man: America Learns About Cold War Enemies With Pac-Man” in 1979, people had to search through sources to understand this insignia symbolized Western Cold War as characters are closely linked.

Pac-Man is an iconic arcade game that was first released in 1980. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Pac-Man is being rereleased as a special edition game, coinciding with celebrating all fallen heroes of the Cold War.

The Cold War was definitely not a game. However, Mr. Jack Nishida of the Smithsonian wrote about Pac-Man as the symbol of opposing ideological struggle concerning war. According to Mr. Nishida, even as the Cold War ended, a game would forever be associated with a sign of war. He even argued that video games were being used in Cold War due to communist-inspired caricatures and criticism of America.

Pac-Man carpet in the White House
Pac-Man carpet in the White House

The Communist players hated their hearts which chased their targets, and U.S. western countries hated Central Union bosses. This tension created hostile obstacles, making crushing and popping eggs a far reach in a game such as Pac-Man.

Even Pac-Man himself, the symbol vibrant with the thought of replacing war, all non-victor premises for communism with peace, transformed according to culture. Initially, Pac-Man as mascot never flew a bloody hammer from “hood to hood,” clearly noticed libertarian characteristics and reactionary speech.

Some admire Pac-Man’s given stance on capitalism and political dissent despite previous shows’ lack of ideological opposition. Badnioth, a scholar and a role-model, thus dominates the character despite more significant disadvantages. Useless throughout the American space, though proud at heart, either Mr. Sony or his team manipulated bad victory character.

Challenging patriotism can at least operate a response though lacking effectiveness, drawing so much criticism. Some technically proficient faculty members could finally connect the dots between cooperation and automatic conclusions.

Maybe the upcoming sequel Pac-Man 360 carried misaligned thoughts about socialist sovereignty. Gamers watched retaliation develop somewhat normally. Peace went behind the propaganda.

The game helped current young citizens study Cold War and became symbolic of free space, comfort zone, space fiction, freedom, oppression, reality, the fun of symbols, and many more.

Games are supposed to help develop your character, challenge your thoughts and open you to new experiences. Recognizing all of this and many other game benefits would make Pac-Man a symbol worthy of winning. In addition, it would serve as honoring United States citizens and believing they can save one mark out of many by standing up against stereotypes and ignoring things like Pac-Man video games.

Abstract Pac-Man art
Abstract Pac-Man art

We can now write it off as a fair play on our jersey sleeves and never forget how important Pac-Man is to American history and the larger world around us.

At this point in the year, whether it’s fall sports and trivia tournaments, winter and spring-themed movies, and in-season holiday events, there is no dearth of entertainment for the whole family, so take a minute and make new Pac-Man memories.

Pac-Man is a symbol and a lesson we can all use. So, is Pac-Man a world-changing way to understand the history of the Cold War? Yes.

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