Summoning the ghosts of Pac-Man and friends
Classic arcade games were a big part of the pop culture of the 80s and 90s, inspiring not only latter-day gaming but music, fashion, cartoons, movies and more. But though arcades have largely faded as gathering places, the games themselves never really went away, and their popularity has continued to ebb and flow ever since.
You can take Pac-Man out of the arcade, but you can never really take him out of the culture. Emulation allows anyone to play the original arcade code, on a computer, a console or even a phone.
MAME, the best-known software for playing classic arcade games, has constantly evolved for over 20 years, with ROMs of the original software being traded online ever since (somewhat illicitly, as they exist in a legal gray area). That’s in addition to regular re-releases of popular games on every major video game console, as well as mobile and handheld devices.