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You are cordially invited to Pac-Man's birthday party

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Level 257, Namco USA Inc.'s Pac-Man themed concept restaurant, is having a birthday party for our hungry friend and you, dear reader, are on the guest list.

This Memorial Day weekend, just west of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill., fans can join professor Toru Iwatani, the leader of the Namco team that designed the original Pac-Man, as well as the legendary arcade champion Billy Mitchell for a party to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the game's release.

"For one extravagant weekend," said a press release, "Level 257 invites Pac-Man fans to join them in celebrating the legendary video game in 1980’s style." Perks for those in attendance include free bowling and free arcade games. There will even be a chance to go head-to-head against Mitchell on the classic cabinet.

Of course, Pac-Man himself will be in attendance to have the first slice of his custom cake made by Chicago's own Toni Patisserie.

The main event will be an appearance by Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia, who will reprise his classic song "Pac-Man Fever" for those assembled.

The event is open to the public and admission is free, so consider this your invitation to at least tour the facilities there in Schaumburg should you happen to be in the area. VIP tickets are available for $35 per person, and grant access to a special "yellow tie" reception on Friday night. Select guests will get to mingle with Iwatani, Mitchell and other Pac-dignitaries and walk away with a limited edition swag bag.

Throughout the weekend props from Sony Pictures' upcoming movie, Pixels, will be on display, as well as a demo of Bandai Namco Entertainment's new Pixels game. You can find out more at Level 257's website.

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