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Ms Pac-Man has been removed from the new Pac-Land re-release due to a dispute (VGC)

kingfey

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A new Arcade Archives port of Pac-Land has replaced Ms Pac-Man with a new character, likely due to an ongoing dispute over royalty rights.

As spotted by a Twitter user, when players return to Pac-Man’s home in the game they are no longer greeted by Ms Pac-Man, but instead by a new character who wears a pink hat.

According to Ryan Silberman, who contributed to the book Pac-Man: Birth of an Icon, the new character appears in the upcoming Pac-Man Museum+ and seems to be called ‘Pac-Mom’.

The new sprite appears to be the latest attempt from Bandai Namco to keep Ms Pac-Man out of its games, at least until it resolves an ongoing dispute over rights to the character’s royalties.

The original Ms Pac-Man game was not a Namco creation. It was originally a modded version of the game called Crazy Otto which was made by a group of programmers at the General Computer Corporation (GCC) in the US.

Midway, who had the rights to release Pac-Man in North America, wanted to release a sequel but Namco hadn’t provided one, so Midway agreed to buy the rights to Crazy Otto from GCC, with the two working together to turn it into Ms Pac-Man.

When Namco’s licensing deal with Midway was terminated in 1984 (reportedly because it didn’t authorise the decision to release Ms Pac-Man), the rights to the Ms Pac-Man name went to Namco. However, GCC had already agreed a royalty deal with Midway, meaning it would get royalties any time Ms Pac-Man was used.

Although a further royalties deal between Bandai Namco and GCC was made in 2008, there are reportedly some royalties issues that remain unresolved.


These were further complicated in 2019 when AtGames, a company that specialises in mini retro consoles and handhelds, released a Ms Pac-Man mini arcade cabinet, despite Bandai Namco claiming it never gave permission to do so.

Bandai Namco sued AtGames, who one week later did a deal with GCC to acquire the Ms Pac-Man royalties interest allegedly owed to it.

Since then, Bandai Namco has seemingly made efforts to ensure that Ms Pac-Man doesn’t appear in any of its games, so as to avoid further complicating the royalties dispute.

released on May 27, contains 14 Pac-Man games in one collection, but Ms Pac-Man is notably absent.

Pac-Land will be in the compilation, but presumably Ms Pac-Man will once again be replaced by ‘Pac-Mom’.
 

kingfey

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This will be my last post as of now. I am going for 1 month vacation for my test. And it's because it's fasting month. To make sure I don't comeback here again, I am going to be banned.

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Jennings

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Ms Pac-Man was the best of the arcade Pac-Mans, but some things are best left in the past. If you weren't there you won't be able to have the same sorts of experiences that made the game popular, and there's no point trying to recreate it. Just let it go and remember it for what it was.
 
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Omali

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Pointed this out in the announcement thread for Ms. Pac-Man. Atgames, in their infinite capacity for stupidity, basically screwed themselves on future Ms. Pac-Man releases by trying to market a piece of hardware they knew they couldn't legally sell. They can't release a game themselves, but they are owed royalties whenever the character is used. They've basically ensured Namco will go out of its way to not include Ms. Pac-Man in anything even if they have to strip it out of existing titles.
 
This will be my last post as of now. I am going for 1 month vacation for my test. And it's because it's fasting month. To make sure I don't comeback here again, I am going to be banned.

Hope you guys have a good month during that time.

Hope you do well and take care.
 

Danknugz

Member
at least it's for a legit reason i half expected this to be some woke "epiphany" where people decided to "cancel" ms pac man for whatever the latest trend on gender arguments is.
 
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