According to a recent Gamesutra article, Toru Iwatani designed Pac-Man to be played by women- from the integration of desert eating, easing of difficulty to avoid frustration and multi-colored ghosts that looked friendly, the game could be considered…sexist?

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Iwatani seemed very gratified to talk about his work with students at Tokyo Polyechnic University, studying everything from motion caqture to neurological effects of gameplay to analog game design. Sand Crush a two-player co-operative game designed by one of his students, won the amateur award at the Tokyo Game Show.

For Pac-Man, though, Iwatani said he’s considering taking the character in an unexpected new direction.

“So I’m thinking of a Pac-Man that’s singing,” he said. “I don’t want to make it a musical, really, [like] Chicago the movie. The Blues Brothers, maybe…”

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