Who here spent far too much of their youth in arcades playing Pac-Man or Dig Dug? Be honest. Yes. Plenty of us spent at least a little of our youth playing coin-ops like these, honing our reflexes (and that’s the excuse I’m sticking to).
Well, Panasonic Avionics Corporation has selected BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, to strengthen its in-flight entertainment gaming portfolio.
Ready, Player 1?
Panasonic Aviation will incorporate BANDAI NAMCO’s games into its in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution, allowing passengers to “hone their reflexes” as they go around PacMan Mazes, as well as other games.
BANDAI NAMCO has developed some games that are high in the echelons of classic games such as DIG DUG, PAC-MAN, and GALAGA. PAC-MAN is to date, one of the most iconic brands in gaming, and passengers will soon be able to enjoy it and other globally-recognized games on aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s IFE.
Ken Sain, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said,
“The gaming industry is one of the few that have seen significant growth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This demonstrates the value global consumers place on games and their unique ability to take players on digital adventures and provide connections to different communities.”
Naoki Katashima, Managing Director of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, said
“The COVID-19 pandemic that struck the world has greatly affected and changed our way of life. As the world comes together in overcoming the pandemic, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment has partnered with Panasonic Avionics to provide our universally acclaimed game content to be enjoyed in-flight, with hope of the day to come when travelers are free to enjoy the skies again.”
Waka-waka-waka-waka-waka… Oh! A Cherry!
Retro gaming is a big market as people seek to recapture their youth – be it via an app on the phone, going to a retro arcade, or using a remake (because of course, no one here is emulating games without owning an original copy aren’t they?).
IFE is many things – but the move to personalised approaches results in passengers picking and choosing how they wish to be entertained – be it by a film, a TV Show or even a game.
And if you wind up playing them, at least this is one coin-op that won’t chew up all your quarters/10p pieces/£1 coins/$1 bills.
Now, if they can get the latency down whilst connected to inflight internet… who would fancy a round of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds at 35,000ft?
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