SCHAUMBURG, IL (MAY 22, 2015) – Worldwide video game phenomenon PAC-MANTM was born on May 22, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. This May, the household name and highest-grossing video game of all time will be celebrating his 35th birthday. Level 257TM, NAMCO USA INC.’s brand new dining and entertainment concept inspired by PAC-MANTM, is proud to be the official global headquarters for the celebration on Friday, May 22nd, and Saturday, May 23rd, 2015.
For one extravagant weekend, Level 257TM invites PAC-MANTM fans to join them in celebrating the legendary video game in 1980’s style. Free bowling and games await PAC-Fans all day Friday and a special event on Friday evening from 7pm-midnight will include gaming industry VIP’s, DJ and live performances of the 1982 hit song “PAC-MAN Fever” by the original artist, Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia. Bowling, table tennis, air hockey, classic video games and of course, PAC-MANTM will all be free to play. Prestigious Chicago bakery Toni Patisserie will present the official birthday cake to PAC-MANTM.
The celebration will kick off with a media panel discussion on Friday, May 22nd at 2pm, featuring notable players and celebrities in the history and future of PAC-MANTM, including Professor Toru Iwatani, leader of NAMCO’s development team for the original PAC-MANTM game and currently featured as a character in Sony Pictures’ upcoming movie Pixels. There will be another panel, followed by meet and greets, solely for fans on Saturday, May 23rd at 11:30am. Among these industry luminaries are Billy Mitchell (e-sports icon and the first person to chomp up a perfect score on the PAC-MANTM arcade game), Walter Day of Twin Galaxies, and other special guests to be announced. Media and fans will get the answers to questions they’ve always dreamed of asking and gain behind-the-scenes insider knowledge.
General admission to the event on Friday is free and includes all gameplay and bowling for free, a DJ and live performances, competitions, plus a few surprises. VIP tickets are also available for $35 per person, and includes a private “yellow tie” reception from 7-8:30pm with passed appetizers and two beverages, a meet & mingle with industry VIP’s, limited edition swag, birthday cake and games. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-pac-mantms-35th-anniversary-at-level-257-tickets-16508171385
Saturday’s fan panel discussion is free to enter and likely to fill up quickly. Fans will also have the chance to meet with their video game heroes for signings and photos. Throughout the weekend, guests can also view Pixels movie props, special clips, and footage as well as try the brand new Pixels game from Bandai Namco Entertainment.
For more information, please call Level 257 at 847-805-0257 or visit www.level257.com.
About Level 257TM
Inspired by NAMCO’s most famous creation PAC-MANTM and named for the legendary level 256 PAC-MANTM ‘split’ screen that few have ever experienced, Level 257TM is a multifaceted urban-chic space where food takes center stage and play is encouraged. The experience is all about being social – through food, drinks, nostalgia, and a little bit of friendly competition. The venue will continuously evolve; creating a destination that turns convention on its head to celebrate the culture of play. The dining experience is orchestrated to bring contemporary food and spirits to old school play.
The venue enables guests to dine and play without borders! Food and beverage service is available everywhere, with attentive waitstaff stationed throughout the venue.
For more information, visit www.Level257.com or call 847-805-0257.
Level 257TM is a trademark of NAMCO USA INC.
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In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens. Directed by Chris Columbus, the screenplay is by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling with a screen story by Tim Herlihy, based on the short film by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.