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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


    • I agree. I like that they took something so simple and made the effort to explain little things like the name PAC-Man and its purpose.

      Maybe a nod to Ms. Pac Man that the female tech was named Sue? This was the name of the orange ghost in the Ms. Pac-Man game and, from the credits, does not appear to be the actress’s real name.

  1. What the last lines should have been –

    “Well, did we change your mind?”

    “We gave you billions of dollars and you made an f’ing computer game?!?!”

    • But it wasn’t a computer game. The military uses simulators all the time and this was the prototype. I appreciated the fact that they gave a real-world purpose for PAC-Man, which they explained.

  2. If you watch closely at the following time markers, there are other game nods I noticed:

    3:33 – The soldier’s name is Midway. His name tag can be more clearly seen in some other scenes (like at 4:58) but this one is closest to the ones below.

    3:47 – The technician, Sue, is wearing a cherry necklace. Also, she’s so freaking cute when she delivers this line (and every other scene with her). Cherry indeed.

    4:32 – The male pilot’s name is R. Kade (as seen in the user interface screen for Pac-Man.

    This whole thing is brilliant!

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