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ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs’ Take the Best Awkward ’80s Family Photo Ever

Remember those notoriously goofy family photos we used to take back in the eighties? Well the 1980’s TV family ‘The Goldbergs’ has pretty much outdone most of us with this epic awkward 80’s family photo.

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The Goldbergs – Season 2. Click photo to enlarge.

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Fashshot is bringing back the 80’s fashion trends

It used to be described as the decade fashion forgot but nowadays fashion seems to have forgiven the eighties and welcomed it back with open arms.

First the leggings, then the high waists and now even shoulder pads and neon accessories are making a splash on the catwalks and the bodies of the style-savvy.

Fashshot studios went to check out some of the eighties trends being rocked on the streets of London while looking at what eighties inspired gems the high street had to offer.

So go backcomb that hair and embrace your inner eighties child.

Courtesy of: The Online Fashion Agency & The FashshotStudio

80’s arcade game Pac-Man turns 30!

PacmanThe pop-culture sensation, released in Japan 30 years ago this week, created millions of glazed-eye addicts and spawned more than 400 products, including a cartoon, a breakfast cereal and a hit song.

Many credit Pac-Man, an iconic symbol of the ’80s, with expanding video gaming to a wider audience.

The original arcade classic was imagined by Namco developer Toru Iwatani in 1979, although it didn’t reach the U.S until the fall of 1980. As the legend goes, Iwatani was inspired by his partially eaten pizza pie and turned it into a gaming character: a big yellow dot that gobbled up smaller dots, and avoided four deadly ghosts, as it careened through a maze.

It took eight people 15 months to complete the orginal Japanese game, which was slightly different than the versions people would later play overseas. The ghosts were initially called monsters, and Pac-Man ate cookies instead of the familiar dots. Even his name was changed once he crossed the Pacific Ocean.

Developers also created the four colorful ghosts, Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde, with distinct personalities. For example, Blinky likes to chase while Pinky lurks in ambush. It was a novel concept in gaming that wasn’t being developed at that time.

Pac-Man was licensed for distribution in the U.S. by Midway, a division of Bally, and it reached American shores in October 1980, at a time when shooter games such as Space Invaders ruled the arcades.

Its light-hearted originality and simplicity — players needed only to move a joystick — made it an immediate hit. Some speculated that Pac-Man became popular in bars in part because gamers needed only one hand to play and could hold a drink in the other.

In the first 15 months after its release in the U.S., Namco sold more than 100,000 arcade units, while fans spent more than $1 billion in quarters to fuel what would become known as “Pac-Man fever.”

Pac-Man’s appeal to kids was reinforced by a Saturday-morning animated TV series and a breakfast cereal with marshmallow ghosts. In all, Pac-Man has been licensed to more than 250 companies for products ranging from air fresheners to bed sheets to costumes.

An unlicensed sequel, Ms. Pac-Man, followed in 1981. Namco soon embraced the game and adopted it as an official title. In all, more than 30 official spin-offs, plus numerous clones, were inspired by Pac-Man’s success.

“Pac-Man Fever,” a novelty song by Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia, reached No. 9 on the Billboard pop chart in early 1982.

Although the game is far removed from its 1980s heyday, Pac-Man’s appeal continues to endure.

In 1999, Billy Mitchell of Florida became the first player to achieve a perfect Pac-Man score — 3,333,360. And versions of the game remain popular on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Google’s logo, which often changes to reflect events of the day, became a playable Pac-Man game on Friday, spelling out the company’s name. A Google spokeswoman said the game will be available over the weekend and gameplay reaches 256 levels.

Namco’s Hisatsune believes Pac-Man’s combination of cute characters and cat-and-mouse gameplay are at the core of its popularity. He also thinks Pac-Man’s biggest legacy will be its pioneering status as the first game to appeal broadly to men and women.

Some even attribute today’s wide variety of video games to Pac-Man’s acceptance in the culture.

Source: CNN

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Rubik’s Cube illusion

While we here at i80s.com are fanatics about well, just about anything 80’s related, this is the first time we’ve seen someone just a bit more fanatical about an 80’s toy than we are. In any case, we thought it would be cool to post this interesting Rubik’s Cube illusion.

The person who posted the YouTube video mentions that this is another version of the Rubiks Cube Poster Illusions. The goal was to make it look like an unsolved rubiks cube from one angle …then slowly it changes to a solved cube.

If we find other versions of this illusion, rest assured it’ll be posted on i80s.com!

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