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Microsoft and NAMCO BANDAI launch world's biggest PAC-MAN

13 April, 2011 | Sydney, Australia

SYDNEY, April 13, 2011 – Hot off the press from MIX11 - Microsoft has teamed up with NAMCO BANDAI to hit us with the world’s biggest user-generated PAC-MAN – developed in Australia through the power of Internet Explorer 9. Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Internet Explorer, publicly debuted the new Australian developed game during the MIX11 keynote in Las Vegas early this morning AEST.

In 1980 this yellow pizza shaped guy appeared for the first time on US shores and right into the memory and heart of every kid with a quarter. PAC-MAN is now considered one of the classics of the medium, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture.

“PAC-MAN has iconic status in the video gaming community and continues to be one of the most famous arcade franchises of all time,” said Michael Kordahi, Developer Evangelist at Microsoft Australia. “Through Internet Explorer 9 we’re taking PAC-MAN to the next level - literally!

“By developing the world’s largest user-generated PAC-MAN with NAMCO BANDAI, we are giving the world one of its favourite video games through the browser, in a fun and engaging way that truly showcases how developers can deliver a new class of web experiences by taking advantage of modern web standards and hardware acceleration. I can’t wait to start work on my own maze!”

The original PAC-MAN had 240 pac-dots, four power pellets and 255 mazes. Thirty-one years on, NAMCO BANDI and Microsoft are taking this legacy to new heights. PAC-MAN has millions of fans all around the world and the world’s biggest PAC-MAN allows them to create and play their own mazes and those submitted by fans.

Carlson Choi, Vice President of NAMCO BANDAI Games America, said, “PAC-MAN, NAMCO BANDAI's most beloved video game character has not only been introduced to new genres over the last three decades but has expanded to almost every platform, including the browser. Using Canvas, WOFF, audio, and CPU accelerated JavaScript, we’ve created a stage for the world’s biggest PAC-MAN; and the features in Internet Explorer 9 bring it all to life.”

Developed with Australia’s Soap Creative, this megaboard is using HTML5’s Canvas which takes advantage of Internet Explorer 9’s built-in hardware acceleration to deliver a slick web experience. “The project team has been working tirelessly on this game for weeks, but it’s been such an exciting project and we’re delighted with the result. Although we’ll be glad when we don’t have to listen to the PAC-MAN sound FX every day,” said Ashley Ringrose at Soap Creative.

“Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 offer developers the ability to create a web experience with HTML5 that have the same performance and immersive experience that they have come to expect from a native app. With the performance of hardware acceleration, support for web standards, and close integration with Windows, NAMCO BANDAI is providing a well-known branded experience that scales beyond its traditional one-board stand-up game to the Web with Internet Explorer 9.

Ringrose added, “With PAC-MAN we will show how Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 are continuing to push the boundaries of what the Web can do, by taking full advantage of Windows 7 and the underlying device hardware.”

Help Microsoft and NAMCO BANDAI build the world’s biggest PAC-MAN at http://worldsbiggestpacman.com. PAC-MAN hearts Internet Explorer 9 – available from www.beautyoftheweb.com/#/experience/PACMAN

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