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World's Biggest Pac-Man Game Is Web Sensation

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Pac-Man fans, get ready for the time-suck of your life. The new website World's Biggest Pac-Man turns the classic arcade game into a massive online diversion.

Launched earlier this month at Microsoft's Mix11 conference in Las Vegas, the website game was created by the Australian media agency Soap Creative (in partnership with Pac-Man's publisher Namco-Bandai) to highlight Microsoft's latest browser, IE9.

The free browser-based game doesn't just let users play the retro game, it lets them create their own mazes and link them up with others online.

In the week since the site's launch, fans around the world have played more than 2.5 million mazes and contributed more than 12,500. The site also says it has eaten more than 270 million Pac-Man dots.

But these aren't your run-of-the-mill Pac-Man mazes. Players around the world are showing off their creativity with mazes shaped like hamburgers, trumpets and video game characters Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. Other fans have been submitting mazes with messages like "I Love Wendy," "Burger Time" and "Ivan Made This Site."

The now-iconic game was first released in Japan by Namco-Bandai Games in May 1980. Originally called Puck Man, Pac-Man launched in the U.S. in October 1980 and went on to sell more than 100,000 units in its first year of production.

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