Big Names, Big Flops II: Pac-Man For Atari 2600, The Adventures of Pluto Nash

Big companies may have many successes that led to their size and wealth, but even the most titanic of corporations have stumbles—proving that even big names can have flops.

Big companies may have many successes that led to their size and wealth, but even the most titanic of corporations have stumbles—proving that even big names can have flops.

Big companies may have many successes that led to their size and wealth, but even the most titanic of corporations have stumbles—proving that even big names can have flops.

Pac-Man was a massive success in the arcades. The Namco-made Arcade game from 1980 attracted millions of players across the world, across a demographic not previously reached in gaming to that point. Atari, who made the leading video game console of the time, the Atari 2600, was eager to bring the Pac-Man experience to home consoles. Programmer Tod Frye was given the task of using the inferior technology of the Atari in a limited time. Despite the timeframe and technological difference, Atari produced more cartridges of Pac-Man than there were consoles that had been sold! The game was a massive hit sales wise at first, but later the title received a negative reputation as one of the worst arcade ports ever made, due to wonky controls, poor graphics, and limited features. Despite its initially strong sales, it is believed this game, along with the E.T. Atari 2600 games and other factors led to the Video Game Crash of 1983.

Eddie Murphy was a successful comedian, who has become known for successful movies as well as stand-up and even voice acting. However, he was also connected to The Adventures of Pluto Nash, a notorious Hollywood flop. The comedy film, also starring Rosario Dawson and John Cleese, is sci-fi themed and set on the Moon. The film was actually completed in 2000, and set idle before being released in 2002. It was not a success at all, making just barely over 7 million dollars on a 100 million dollar budget. The film was nominated for five Razzies that year, and received negative reviews from most critics.


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