Yeah. I played the hell out of my pacman watch too. Hind sight is 20/20, and its very easy to look back 35 years and say "but it sucks" I, and many MILLIONS of kids just like me had hella pacman fever, and the FACT is, all those that did, loved the arcade, bought and loved the 2600 version, and most probably had one of several portables. There is a reason it was called pacman fever.
The fact is, people that didn't like pacman, in ANY of its various crappy available formats, didn't know, or truly have pacman fever. They were the eras version of today's Facebook "me too"ers and I'm not sorry to say so.
Like I said, it wasn't till ms pacman came out people found it could be better, that said, average people, especially people with pacman fever didn't magically start hating it. It didn't start "sucking" till the internet era.
You can say that you didn't know that a lot of people didn't like 2600 Pac-man until you got an Internet connection, but the Internet didn't suddenly make it cool to hate the game. There were plenty of people who were disappointed when the game was new. If you were too young to have standards and liked whatever was squeezed out and plopped in front of you, that means you weren't a serious-minded Atarian according to Electronic Games magazine:
Here's another review before the modern Internet existed:
I already posted a link to this one:
Proof? Pacman-sold. Nuff said.
E.T. also sold, but a ton of people claim they hated it when it was new. And in early 1982, many people were probably like my family and didn't think they could return a game after opening the box if nothing was physically wrong with it. We didn't grow a pair until a couple of years later.
So the board is blue, so is ms pacman
What does that prove? The people who worked for Atari were color blind? Speaking of Ms. Pac-Man, a game came out months earlier that showed something better could be done on the Atari 2600. That game was Lock ‘N’ Chase. It had no flicker. That was a nice change from the almost invisible ghosts in 2600 Pac-Man.