Thursday, December 04, 2003

The famous "PacMan" Quote

Slashdot posted to The Most Incorrect Assumptions In Computing? as Re:PacMan :

Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

- Kristin Wilson, Nintendo, Inc., 1989.

While Kristin claims having originated this joke, so does Marcus Brigstocke, and others attribute the quote to Steven Poole.

It appears that this "joke" is actually only about three years old, google shows the sig file first appears on Usenet in on December 12, 2000, attributed to 'anon' or 'unknown'.