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PAC-MAN game now free for quarantine gamers

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Today the folks at Bandai Namco US delivered a message of thanks to the public with their “goodwill ambassador” PAC-MAN. Their announcement was that they’ll be “asking fans to do their part and have More Fun For Everyone at home” – the “more fun for everyone” is their own tagline. To make this a reality, and to thank gamers for staying home, Bandai Namco US is delivering PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 for free starting on April 24, 2020.

The “free” bit will last until the 10th of May, 2020. After that, the game will once again cost more than a few dollars. This game can be attained on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (through Steam) right this minute. The game is like the PAC-MAN your mom and dad used to play in the quarter machines at the arcade back when they were knee-high to a grasshopper, but now it’s more… insane.

Below you’ll get an idea of how insane this game can really be. It’s like they took the original PAC-MAN and injected more psychotropic hallucinogens than they’d originally intended. This is not the sort of game you’re going to want to play if you’re prone to seizures.

This game is classified as a “Casual Game” and, while it SHOULD be allowed to roll with more than one player, you never know. Bandai Namco also makes a wide variety of other games in all sorts of categories, like Sword Art Online, and CAPTAIN TSUBASA soccer (the great game). If you’re all about horror, see the game Little Nightmares, and if you like to bash your opponent into dust, this is the company that makes TEKKEN!

If you’re all about PAC-MAN, this is actually just the latest in a long line of titles that range back to the original – decades of chomping. The original PAC-MAN was released in the year 1980 in arcades in both Japan and North America. Ms. Pac-Man was released in 1982, then things got messy. Pac-Man Plus, Super Pac-Man, and Baby Pac-Man were all released in the same year, 1982, followed by Professor Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, and Jr. Pac-Man all in the year 1983.

The first home console, handheld console, or PC game with Pac-Man as the main character was an edition of the original Pac-Man, which came to Atari 2600 in 1982, Intellivision, Apple II, IBM PC, VIC-20, Commodore 64, and TI-99/4A machines in the year 1983.

The same game was released in 1984 to ZV Spectrum, MSX, and the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console in 1984. In 1990 the same title (AGAIN!) was released to Nintendo Game Boy, then in 1991 it hit Game Gear (SEGA!) You can still get the original game for Android on Google Play and on the App store for iPhone and iPad right now, for free, with in-app purchases. That’s until further notice – that game’s been out for a while, and isn’t going to move away from the free system any time soon.

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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